On Monday North Melbourne announced that Majak Daw would make his football return at VFL level this week and had also signed a contract extension for the 2020 season.
ICYMI: Majak Daw is set to make his return to football via @NorthVFL this weekend, assuming he gets through training.
Daw has also signed a contract extension for 2020.
— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) July 1, 2019
Speaking on the eve of his return the 28 year-old is obviously delighted to be back on the field doing something he loves.
“I kind of wish the game was tomorrow, I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. The main goal is to play AFL footy – whether that’s this year or next year.”
The road to recovery
Given the serious nature of the injury sustained (fractures to the pelvis) it was expected the recovery time would be significant with every chance the 2019 season would be ruled out completely.
In recent months the public has been kept updated on the recovery process and the footage of Daw being greeted by his teammates earlier this year was powerful and uplifting footage.
— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) March 14, 2019
High performance manager Alex Moore has been a constant presence throughout the rehabilitation program and was alongside the defender on Monday when Daw’s VFL return was confirmed.
“The amount of work Majak has put in is unbelievable. As strong as he’s ever been, I don’t feel he’s lost any explosiveness. We just need to make sure we allow him to build over time and increase game time.”
A welcome return
Statistically Majak Daw is coming off his best season at AFL level in 2018. Playing 18 games it was the most games he had played in a season since his AFL debut in 2013. This also took his career tally to 50 matches.
Averaging 12 disposals per match the key defender firmly established his position in the Kangaroos senior team.
Some of the details around the circumstances of the injuries have remained private. The most important thing is the welfare of Majak Daw and this has always been the number one priority for North Melbourne.
I am sure all football fans wish Majak the best in his return and hope to see him back plying his trade at AFL level whether it be this season or 2020.