AFL star Majak Daw thanked his teammates and coaches for their support in a classy display of humility after being dropped from the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
The 29-year-old was one of 11 players let go from the club's roster this week in an overhaul following a poor 2020 season which sees them in contention for the wooden spoon.
Daw made a dramatic fairytale return to the AFL in August after two years on the sideline after falling from Melbourne's Bolte Bridge in 2018.
He released a statement on Saturday giving thanks to North Melbourne, with hopes to continue his career in the AFL at another club.
Majak Daw (pictured with partner Emily McKay) is one of 11 players to be released from the North Melbourne Kangaroos after a poor season in 2020
'I can't thank this club enough for the opportunity it gave me to play and the support it's given me over 11 years,' Daw posted on Instagram.
'While it's farewell to North, I hope it's not farewell to AFL. Thank you to my family, friends and our fans for supporting me over the journey.'
Emotional footage of Daw's statement to his North Melbourne teammates and coaching staff was revealed on Saturday.
'I played one final, and I think I played 54 games in 11 years, so it's quite a humble career, but I'd just like to thank this footy club for giving me an opportunity to be the first African to play in the AFL. It's something I will always hold close to my heart.' Daw said.
'I've made some really good mates at this place. I'll miss the locker room banter … it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to this year, there's been challenges I've gone through.
'The last few years obviously haven't been easy for me, and I can't thank this footy club enough for what they've done for me.'
Daw raises a fist while leading the Kangaroos from the field at Metricon Stadium after his fairytale return to the AFL on the Gold Coast on August 1
Daw was the first Sudanese player to debut in the AFL in 2013 and played 54 games before