St Kilda spearhead Max King says he had no reservations returning to the golf course after getting knocked out by a wayward shot on the eve of Round 1.

Former teammate and friend Jack Bell hit the prized tall in the head with a long iron shot, leaving King concussed only days out from the season-opening win over GWS Giants.

Speaking about the incident for the first time on Wednesday, King said he was standing further ahead of his playing partner when he was struck.


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"It was a bit frustrating for that to happen a week out from Round 1 but I'm over it now and feeling 100 per cent, so it was just a bit of a slip-up," King said.

"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

The big forward said he quickly alerted the club to the incident after he was hit.

King, who is one of the competition's most exciting young goal kickers, said he didn't see Bell's shot.

"I just found my balance and called the docs. The club were pretty helpful with all of that, and took a lot of caution with it and made the right call in the end," he said.



While Saints' coach Brett Ratten may have his reservations, King said it had not dented his keen interest in playing golf.

"(I'm) not quite banned," he said.

"I have got out there a few times since. I'm back enjoying it."

King has booted 11 goals from six games this season including two majors to help lead the Saints to a punishing 69-point win over Hawthorn on Saturday.

It leaves the 3-4 Saints needing another win against Gold Coast on Saturday when Max confronts his brother Ben's team.

King said he was quick to remind his brother he was 1-0 up over his twin after St Kilda won the corresponding game in their first season in 2020.

King said the Saints had hopefully turned a corner against the Hawks after a slow start to the campaign.

"We have been pretty inconsistent to start (the season)," he said.

"We were very happy with how we played on the weekend.

"We needed to bounce back and make a bit of a statement and we did that.

"Hopefully each week we can keep building and play that consistent footy that we did on the weekend."

Originally published as King hit: Star Saint reveals story behind golf course KO

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