Majak Daw: I walk away with pride

After a 12-year career with two clubs, Majak Daw announced today that he is retiring from AFL football with immediate effect.

Daw joined the Demons in March 2021, during the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection period, after 11 years and 54 appearances for North Melbourne.

Despite not appearing for Melbourne at AFL level, Daw has put in a consistent performance in the VFL over his two years in the red and blue.

Daw said he was extremely proud of what he accomplished during his time in the AFL system.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that North Melbourne and Melbourne Football Club have given me over the past 12 years.

“I walk away from the game with immense pride in what I’ve been able to achieve and the challenges I’ve been able to overcome.

“With my current injury issues I have taken the opportunity to reflect on where I am and where I am going and in talks with my management and the club we all agree that the timing is right for me to retire. out of the game.

“Leaving at this stage of the season allows me to focus on the next stage of my life and spend much more time on my most important and favorite job, being a loving and caring father to my son Hendrix.

“I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the wider football community for their support and care during my time in the industry. I walk away from the game with lifelong memories and friendships and really proud of what I have accomplished.”

GM – Football achievements Alan Richardson thanked Daw for his contribution to the Demons over the years.

“Majak should leave the game incredibly proud of what he’s been able to accomplish in his AFL career,” said Richardson.

“Maj’s career has had its highs and lows, but to represent his family and the Sudanese community the way he has, over the course of 11 years, is something he should be really proud of .

“Unfortunately, he has not been able to make an impact on the pitch at AFL level with Melbourne, but to bring himself back to a position to compete and train at the highest level is testament to Majak’s determination.

“Given his current injury issues and opportunities currently emerging outside of footy, Majak, his management and the club are aligned in the belief that now is the right time for Maj to retire.

“On behalf of the Melbourne Football Club, I would like to thank Majak for his service over the past two seasons and wish him all the best for the future.”

Born in Sudan, Daw was the first Sudanese-Australian player drafted by an AFL club when North Melbourne selected him in the 2009 Rookie Draft.

He made his debut for North Melbourne in 2013 and went on to make 54 appearances and score 43 goals as a key forward for the Roos.