Majak Daw has earned the opportunity to add another chapter to his remarkable comeback after being offered a rookie contract by Melbourne.
- Daw has been training with the Demons during the preseason
- He was delisted by the Kangaroos at the end of last season
- Daw made his AFL return last year after recovering from injuries sustained in a fall from a bridge in 2018
Daw was delisted by North Melbourne at the end of last season after 54 AFL matches across eight seasons.
The 29-year-old’s career looked over in 2018 after he suffered horrific hip and pelvic injuries in a fall from a Melbourne bridge.
But he made a remarkable return for the Kangaroos in the round 19 win against Adelaide in Carrara last year.
Daw was then cut as part of North Melbourne’s brutal cull at the end of 2020.
The 195-centimetre tall swingman had impressed the Demons’ coaching staff after training with the club over the past month, and he was told by coach Simon Goodwin this morning that he had won a rookie spot on their list for 2021.
“We invited Majak to train following injuries to Ben Brown (knee) and Sam Weideman (femur),” Melbourne’s list manager Tim Lamb told the club’s website.
“Since he joined us, Majak has done everything we have asked of him and shown terrific commitment to the program.
“He is progressing really well and we think he could play a valuable role for us during the season.”
The Demons also added Deakyn Smith, but Kobe Farmer — the son of former Melbourne and Fremantle star Jeff Farmer — was not offered a spot.
Carlton handed an AFL lifeline to Oscar McDonald, signing the former Melbourne utility on a rookie contract.
McDonald was delisted after 81 matches in six seasons for the Demons and trained with Carlton throughout the preseason.
The 24-year-old accepted a contract with the Blues on the last day of the AFL’s supplemental selection period.