MAJAK Daw has appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on rape charges. 

The 23-year-old wasn't required to speak during the brief filing hearing. 

He was accompanied by family members and manager Adam Ramanauskas. 

The case was adjourned for a committal mention hearing on August 22. 

Daw has denied the allegations which date back to 2007.

He was first arrested and interviewed by police over the allegations in May.

The charges were laid last month. 

North Melbourne is standing by its player, and he's still eligible for VFL and AFL selection. 

The League has supported this stance but Daw has been restricted from fulfilling his promotional and development commitments.  

Daw has an enormous profile in the AFL, after breaking ground to become the first Sudanese-born player to rise to the highest level of the code. 

Daw has played 12 senior games and kicked 14 goals. He joined North Melbourne as a rookie in 2010.

He was named as an emergency for the Kangaroos round 17 clash with St Kilda in Hobart.