ST KILDA will have a first-hand look at top draft prospect Max King's recovery from his knee reconstruction as he spends two days a week at the club.
Under a plan ticked off by the AFL, who have also notified other clubs, the athletic key forward's program will be overseen by the Saints' medical team in conjunction with NAB AFL Academy physiotherapist Nick Ames and high-performance manager Paul Sealey.
King, who kicked eight goals in an early-season game for the Sandringham Dragons before injuring his knee in April, can spend up to four hours a week at the club as part of his rehabilitation.
Sealey told AFL.com.au that the 17-year-old, who is a member of the NAB AFL Academy, had begun heading to their Moorabbin headquarters for treatment and will continue to throughout the season.
"Because he's a national Academy player we've got to make sure that his rehab his done to AFL standards," Sealey said.
"We are fortunate enough that with the Sandringham Dragons training out of the same facility that it works best for his well-being and welfare for him to do it there.
"It's not a big stress on his body or his family to get him there. In essence he's going in two days a week and he's spending time in there with the physiotherapists Andrew Wallis and Kane Spagnolo and utilising their facilities."
St Kilda currently holds pick No.3 at this year's draft after a horror season and will have King firmly in its mix for the selection, despite his injury this season.
The 201cm key forward is athletic, powerful and brilliant in the air, and was considered a No.1 contender before going down with the knee injury while playing for school side Haileybury College.
King told AFL.com.au recently that he would spend his time on the sidelines looking to improve his body strength, but he is yet to move into the running phase of his program.
"He will have four-to-six weeks of strength stuff before they introduce any running. He's out of the knee brace now, he's weight bearing, we've just got to get him to build up his strength," Sealey said.
"It's a good opportunity to be exposed to AFL-calibre staff and use the new facilities at the Saints."
Former national Academy graduate Aaron Darling followed a similar program with the Saints while coming back from his ACL injury last year, while Josh Dunkley and Jy Simpkin also recovered from injury using Richmond's facilities in their 2015 draft year.