Week one is not even complete and the Queensland teams receives bad news.
Scans have revealed the worst possible news for Gold Coast player Jack Martin, with the utility set to miss up to four months of action.
The results of the tests show Martin will need to undergo surgery to fix the damage, with an initial estimated return being round 19 against St Kilda.
Martin only managed to play five minutes in his AFL debut on Saturday night against the Richmond Tigers, before suffering the injury while diving to take a mark.
Gold Coast general manager of football operations Marcus Ashcroft backed the young star to fight back from the bad news.
“Unfortunately the scans have shown that Jack has extensive damage to his left shoulder. Jack and the club’s medical team will meet with specialists in the coming days to determine the appropriate course of action.”
“The nature of the injury means Jack will be sidelined for an extended period of time.
“Although this is a very disappointing outcome for Jack, we will ensure we provide him with the very best medical and welfare support to assist him during his rehabilitation from the injury.”
Martin, 19, said it was a disappointing way to start his AFL career.
“It was a such a big build up and it was great that the boys got the win, but individually, I will probably remember it for all the wrong reasons,” he said.
“I’m now just looking forward to starting my rehabilitation and giving myself every chance of playing some football later in the season,” Martin said.