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Youngster Max King will have the next six months to swallow a “tough, bitter pill” after the Saints successfully crashed out of the final on Friday night.

King couldn’t score against the Lions at Marvel Stadium, and became a “bit of a liability” in the 15-point loss with a back five – four of which came straight ahead.

FOX FOOTBALL’s Gary Lyon says King has now had to “live” with the problems outside the competition.

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“He ended up having a terrible night,” he said.

“I think in the end he goes: ‘I don’t want to be near him’. And then it becomes contagious.

“This is pressure. That season is on line pressure and that’s failure. You have to live with this for six months. That’s a tough, bitter pill to live with.”

But one player, Cameron Mooney, who says he experienced the “yips”, says it’s not all doom and gloom for the young King.

If he doesn’t do it right, he’s going to leave 300 goals on the table. You can see it in his head,” Mooney said on Fox Footy Live.

“We know he has the talent, but I urge him to continue working hard on his goalscoring routine.

“I’ve got the best wishes for the rest of my career… This bloke is still a young lad – he’s got every chance in the world to do it right.

“I remember marking in the 50 and I didn’t want to take the shot.

“It could change. (Early in his career) Tom Hawkins had a pre-season with Blake Caracella – just one guy in his ear helping him. He’s become one of the best kickers in the goaltending competition.”

Mooney tells the king that there is good news, the Saints have already hired the man to help the young man with the matter.

“It’s hard to adjust these days. I see it in his eyes, I see it in his face,” Mooney said.

“His face was almost dry (to kick a goal). He was nervous throwing the ball around.

“He’s got Jarryd Roughead, one of the best strikers we’ve seen in the last 20 years, he’ll be fine.

“I just beg him to work with Roughy – no one else.

“The worst thing you can do is get advice from 100 different people every day of the week. As a player, there’s nothing worse than that,” he said.

Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt said he understood what the King was feeling after the game as the Saints were out of the finals after losing to Brisbane.

“The Kings had four shots up front. In the end, he seemed to have completely lost confidence, his routine was broken, we watched him very closely in the last five or 10 minutes and I don’t think he wanted the ball,” said Riewoldt.

“We’ve all been there, I’ve been there and it’s a horrible feeling. It’s a horrible feeling when you lose faith in your routine and your ability to bounce back and even maintain a good relationship.

Jonathan Brown says if King wants to overcome his goaltending woes, he’ll need to run the contest properly, and that includes plenty of postseason analysis.

“The set shots were relatively easy set shots, not at tight angles,” he said.

“Now you have to go back and absorb the pressure and put it in the big sticks.

“The worst thing you can do in those pressure situations or those pressure shots is lose speed when you’re running. Because you have to hit the ball right at the boot. It doesn’t allow any margin of error.”

“At least if you have speed and you can go a little bit wrong, and it will still go reasonably straight.

“He just has to learn and educate himself in that situation.

“You go back and watch the tapes and learn about yourself in those situations and go: ‘Right, my tendency is to lose power or lean back in these situations,’ so the next time you get in those situations, you know how to try and undo them and correct the behavior.” .

“He will learn from this.”

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