UTILITY Lauren Young will miss the 2024 NAB AFLW season after suffering a serious knee injury playing in the SANFLW at the weekend.

Young came off in the first quarter of West Adelaide’s loss to Woodville-West Torrens on Friday and scans have since confirmed she has ruptured the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in her left knee.

The 2021 SANFLW MVP and Under 18 All-Australian suffered a similar injury to her right knee in late 2021.

“It’s really disappointing for Lauren and the team, knowing how much we all were looking forward to her first AFLW pre-season,” said Port Adelaide’s Head of AFLW Shane Grimm.

“Having experienced a similar injury a couple of years ago, Lauren knows about the hard work ahead of her, but she will approach her rehabilitation with a positive attitude and the support of everyone at the club.”

Young came through Port Adelaide’s Next Generation Academy and was signed late last year as part of the AFLW Expansion Under 18 Talent Pathway pre-signing period.