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Walters hit with one-match VFL ban for Brayshaw hit

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Angus Brayshaw of the Demons looks on during the 2017 AFL round 02 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 02, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Angus Brayshaw was knocked out for the third time in 12 months

NORTH Ballarat player Hayden Walters has been offered a one-match suspension for the forceful hit that resulted in a third concussion in 12 months for Melbourne's Angus Brayshaw.

Walters laid a late bump on Brayshaw in Saturday's VFL clash against Melbourne affiliate Casey, with a clash of heads resulting in the young midfielder's concussion.

The bump was compared to the hard hit North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell laid on Travis Cloke in round four, but it was fractionally later, convincing the VFL's Match Review Panel to lay the change. 

It was graded as careless conduct with medium impact to the head, with Walters able to accept a one-match ban with an early guilty plea.

Brayshaw left the ground with the assistance of trainers and the Demons are confident he will be able to play at some level this weekend after showing signs of improvement on Sunday morning. 

The 21-year-old was sidelined for six matches last season because of a pair of concussions in a matter of weeks.

His latest setback was described by Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney as a "minor concussion".