WEST Coast Eagles footballer Will Schofield suffered serious facial injuries after an unprovoked attack in Geelong early Saturday.
Police said they were investigating the violent incident that saw the 196cm defender king-hit from behind while walking south along Moorabool St about 1am.
Detective Senior Constable John McKinnon said 24-year-old Schofield was walking towards Thomas Jewellers, on the corner of Malop St, when the attack occurred.
He said the offender did not appear to know his victim was a West Coast Eagles player or target due to his position.
Police are still searching for the thug, he said.
``There were no earlier altercations with this male and the offender didn't appear to flee the scene,'' he said.
``He was king hit to the side of the face as he was walking along with one male friend.
``We're still establishing our inquiries in relation to it.''
West Coast today released a statement confirming the attack.
They said Schofield was one of a number of players who were granted permission to stay over in Melbourne after the match against Collingwood at the MCG.
``He was out with friends on Saturday night and they were walking to their vehicle when they were attacked.
``Schofield returned to Perth last night and will be assessed by the club's medical staff.
``As this matter is the subject of a police investigation, the club cannot make any further comment.''
Any one with information on the assault is urged to contact Geelong police on 5225 3100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000