AFL star Majak Daw is set to make his return to the sport after surviving a fall from a bridge just six months ago.
Daw, 28, was lucky not to suffer more serious injuries after plummeting 25m from the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne in December last year.
The Sudanese-born player will turn out for the North Melbourne Kangaroos’ reserve team in the Victorian Football League on Sunday, marking an incredible comeback after his struggles late in 2018.
He isn’t expected to see much play time during his return following serious injuries to his hip and pelvis as a result of the bridge fall, according to The Age.
Daw made it through training on Saturday and will only be cleared for the VFL if he doesn’t feel sore as a result of this weeks training, according to the West Australian.
Shaw told media two weeks ago: ‘We have set no timeline for him because it’s about how comfortable he is physically and mentally.
‘When that happens, and I know it will happen because he’s a determined bugger, it’s just going to be great.
‘He is going well, he is going really well. He is ticking all the boxes at the moment.’
He said there had been a few hiccups but that wasn’t unexpected.
This isn’t the only uplifting news Daw has gotten in recent times – the North Melbourne player could not look happier as he enjoyed a babymoon in Byron Bay with girlfriend Emily McKay.
The couple shared a candid photo, with Daw writing in the caption: ‘Beach bump.’
The couple announced in April they were expecting a child together later this year.
‘Baby Daw coming soon,’ he captioned the photo of him proudly cradling his girlfriend’s stomach in the announcement shared at the time.
Miss McKay also spread the heartwarming news via her own Instagram account.
‘Pretty happy about our lil friend that’s on the way. Baby Daw due this year,’ she posted.
In December, Daw plunged 25 metres off the Bolte Bridge in Docklands, a suburb of Melbourne.
He suffered serious hip and pelvic injuries as a result of the bridge fall, but has been building up to making a return to the field.
Daw reportedly fought with Miss McKay and took prescription drugs before driving to the bridge, abandoning his car in the stopping lane, and plunging into the Yarra River below.
He also reportedly had taken sleeping medication Stilnox.
After the fall, Daw said in a statement: ‘To all our beloved fans and members, I just wanted to thank everyone for their love and support over the past month.
‘The circumstances surrounding my incident have been extremely challenging for my family, friends and anyone that knows me for that matter.
‘I’m making huge strides with my recovery, both physically and mentally. 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.
‘Thank you all for respecting my need for privacy and for giving me the chance to get better going forward.’
Daw returned to training in April, running on the training track with teammates, family and friends cheering him on at Arden Street Oval.
‘It’s my first running session. I’m pretty excited, I’m not going to lie,’ Daw said to the club’s website at the time.
‘I’ve been waiting for this for so long. I couldn’t sleep last night because of this.’
Daw had a slow start to his career after he was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft.
He only played 50 games but enjoyed a breakout season in 2018 after moving to defence, averaging 5.3 marks a game.
Many of those marks were spectacular grabs as he became one of the league’s best intercept players on North’s second-ranked defence.