North Melbourne Football Club star Majak Daw appears set to make a borderline-miraculous return to football just over six months after suffering serious injuries in a fall from Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge.
Kangaroos officials are expected to confirm Daw will return to competitive football this coming weekend via the club’s second-tier VFL side, capping off a remarkable recovery from what was a very dark and concerning incident.
Daw was rescued by Victoria Police after falling from the Bolte Bridge on the night of December 17th last year, in the middle of what Daw later described as “very challenging circumstances” for him personally and mentally.
Daw suffered hip and pelvic fractures in the fall, and was not expected to play professional football ever again. However his recovery has defied earlier reports, and he has reportedly been training at near-full capacity at Arden St over the past two months. This past weekend, he passed a major training test designed to assess his ability to withstand competitive football again.
North Melbourne coaching staff, along with Daw, will front media at 3:30pm this afternoon to confirm his remarkable football return.
In early January, Daw issued a statement to North fans via the club’s website, stating that he has a new lease on life after the incident.
I have been blessed with a second chance at life.
My attitude and outlook towards everything has improved.
I hope to be back out there playing in the blue and white stripes soon.
Daw is the first Sudanese-born player to have been drafted into the AFL. He has chalked up 50 senior AFL games thus far in his eight-year career.Source: AFL.com.au
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