The family of a man critically injured in a Beechworth workplace accident eight weeks ago say he could return home next week.
His father, Paul Murphy, said were initial fears he wouldn't pull through given the extent of his injuries.
But he is hopeful he will be able to return home on Wednesday.
"He's doing really well," he said on Friday.
"He's still got a fair way to go.
"He's even been to the MCG today for a walk and he's even kicked the footy."
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The Kiewa Sandy Creek player has been moving his arms and legs well and has good coordination.
The accident, which occurred when he fell from a height and hit his head on concrete, left Mr Murphy in a coma.
"I'm just glad he's alive and he's doing well," his father said.
"The first two weeks were a big rollercoaster.
"It wasn't good.
"I think he will be back to the Benjamin I know, I'm pretty confident of that to be honest."
Mr Murphy has been undergoing rehabilitation at Epworth HealthCare in Richmond after spending time at The Alfred Hospital intensive care unit.
His father said he was keen to return to work after his release.
"The support of his friends and family has been outstanding," he said.
"It's been very overwhelming."
A fundraiser launched after the incident has generated close to $40,000.