Concussion ends young Demon's NEAFL season

Canberra have ruled out midfielder Matt Klemke for the rest of the NEAFL season amid growing concern about his lingering concussion symptoms.

Matt Klemke has been ruled out for the 2019 NEAFL season.

Tough Canberra midfielder Matthew Klemke has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he battles concussion.


Klemke, 21, suffered a head knock during Canberra's intra club match on the 16th March.


Klemke's day ended midway through the first quarter when his head collided with a players' knee, he lay dazed on the ground for more than a minute, and carried from the field before being transported to Calvary Hospital.


"He won't be back before the end of the season," said Canberra General Manager of Football Shaun Young.


"Both Matt and the club are obviously disappointed that his journey with the Canberra Demons has come to a stop at this point and time."


"However, Matt’s health is first and foremost and he needs time away from football to focus on his health."


"Whilst Matt has only been with the club for a short period of time he has left a very good impression with everyone that he has come in contact with, which demonstrates the quality of the person that Matt is."


"He's still a young man. He's still got, potentially, a lot of football in front of him."


Klemke is yet to play a game for Canberra having been recruited during the off-season from Collingullie-Glenfield Park where finished third in the best and fairest count last season.


The Canberra Demons would like to extend our best wishes to Matt during his recovery and look forward to seeing him back out on the park in 2020.


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