Star St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven has change into the most recent high-profile AFL participant to take a break from the sport to cope with a psychological well being situation.
Steven has been granted indefinite depart so he can give attention to his psychological well being and wellbeing.
No timeline has been set for Steven’s return, that means he could miss the beginning of the AFL season.
Lance Franklin, Heath Grundy, Travis Cloke, Tom Boyd, and Alex Fasolo are different gamers who’ve been granted depart previously few years to cope with their psychological well being.
St Kilda’s basic supervisor of soccer Simon Lethlean stated the Saints absolutely supported Steven’s determination to give attention to his psychological well being.
“Jack’s determination to place his hand up and acknowledge that he wants a while away is a courageous one,” Lethlean stated.
“He’s a much-loved member of our taking part in group and has the help of all his teammates, his coaches and all St Kilda supporters.
“Jack will use this time to take a break from the each day routine of coaching and focus on his well being.
“I do know he’s determined to get again to coaching and getting ready for the season as rapidly as attainable, however an important factor is ensuring he’s in the suitable headspace to take action.”
Steven received his fourth greatest and fairest award final season, and looms as an essential cog in St Kilda’s bid to climb up the ladder this 12 months.
The Saints start their season at residence to the Suns on March 24, and are prone to be with out Jake Carlisle (again) and Dan Hannebery (hamstring) for that match.