AFL star Majak Daw is recovering in hospital in a stable condition after falling from Melbourne’s Bolte Bridge into the Yarra River late on Monday night.
Police officers were called after a man fell from the bridge, near Lorimer Street, at about 11pm.
Emergency services found the man, in his 20s, in the Yarra River.
He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Victoria Police said.
In a statement, North Melbourne Football said Daw was in a stable condition in hospital.
“The North Melbourne Football Club can confirm Majak Daw is recovering in hospital after an incident last night,” the club said.
“At this stage, the full extent of his injuries are unknown.”
The club said it’s providing full support to Majak and his family and will provide a further update when it is in a position to.
“We understand the level of interest, but ask the privacy of the player, his family, team mates and staff at the club be respected at this sensitive time.”
Daw was the first Sudanese-born Australian to be drafted by an AFL club when he signed with the Kangaroos in 2009.
He has played 50 AFL games since debuting in 2013, booting 40 goals.
Since joining the Kangaroos, he has become a key figure in the AFL and the local community.
In his role as an AFL multicultural ambassador, he has spoken out against racism and is widely considered a role model for aspiring young footballers.
Having fled war-torn Sudan, Daw and his family moved to Australia in 2003.
The 195cm utility struggled to establish himself as a regular player at the elite level until this year when he enjoyed a breakout campaign.
Having played predominantly as a forward and a ruckman, coach Brad Scott switched him to defence where he flourished, making 18 senior appearances to reach his 50-game career milestone.