Max King leans on St Kilda legend for advice

King, who, like Riewoldt, arrives at St Kilda when the club is at a low ebb on the field, said the 36-year-old’s advice will be invaluable as he tries to develop as a player with the Saints.

«[We] had a bit of a chat about footy and stuff outside of footy as well,» King said.

«He is a pretty good role model and I have a lot to learn off him.

Nick Riewoldt in younger days.

Nick Riewoldt in younger days.Credit:Pat Scala

«He was injured in his first year as well so only played about six games so it is a pretty similar situation so he said ‘it is a long career and be really patient with it’.»

Having taken all that on board however King seems to carry a similar competitive trait to the one that drove Riewoldt through his remarkable career.

He understands the knee needs to be 110 percent right before he plays again and his coach Alan Richardson has reassurred him that there is no pressure on him to fire

But he wants to play as soon as possible.

«For the last 10 months I have been itching to get out there and have a run so it is just about patience,» King said.

«It is not long now but, yeah, it is hard sitting on the sidelines.»

His first step will be to rejoin full training with a date for his return still unknown.

Then he will need to show enough form to break into the forwardline with Tim Membrey, Patrick McCartin and Josh Bruce already playing as tall forwards.

But he won’t be shy about making his case.

«It’s my goal to play some senior footy and really try to impact and help the team,» King said.

«We will see how I go but I want to try to make my mark in 2019.»

Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.

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