The family of Danny Hodgson have released a moving photo of the seriously injured Cumbrian footballer in an embrace with dad Peter.

Danny, 26, has been in Royal Perth Hospital for nearly three months after being the victim of an attack.

His parents, Nicola and Peter, say their son has now been moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australian to start the next stage of his long recovery.

They have also revealed details of the adjustments being made to Danny's home for the time when he is able to leave hospital.

The update was accompanied by a touching image of Danny looking into his father's eyes as Peter tenderly kisses his son.

Former Carlisle United youth team player Danny, from Bigrigg near Egremont, has been in hospital since early September when he was the victim of an alleged unprovoked attack near a train station.

He spent 59 days in intensive care.

Nicola and Peter, who flew to Perth to be with their critically injured son, said: “Yesterday, after 82 days in Royal Perth Hospital, our son Danny moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital to start the next stage of his long road to recovery.

"Despite his significant injuries Danny spent every minute of those 82 days in Royal Perth fighting.

"He never gave up and the ICU doctors nicknamed him 'Ironman'.

"We are eternally grateful for the medical staff in ICU and the Trauma Unit who helped save Danny.

"Yesterday was a huge milestone for Danny and our family, but he has a long way to go. He must learn to swallow, drink, eat and eventually talk again and that is just the beginning.

"His physical rehabilitation will be gruelling, and we know that for every tiny step forward there is likely to be setbacks.

"But we believe in Danny’s strong spirit and with the support of his wonderful girlfriend Jess, his family, and his friends, we know he can slowly and painstakingly move forward."

Nicola and Peter said the "love and support" of people in Western Australia has helped them get through the last 82 days.

His plight has also touched people in his native Cumbria, where people have contributed to a major fundraising effort in support of Danny, who is a player with ECU Joondalup soccer club.

His parents, meanwhile, said Danny's employers in Australia, Solaire Connect, have been helping equip Danny's residence for the time when he is able to continue his recovery at home.

"The owners, the Towers family, and his workmates were shocked and deeply saddened by what happened to Danny and wanted to do something to help," they said.

"So, quietly and without fanfare, they put the word out that some work needs to be done at their house to ensure it is ready for the day he can finally return to the home.

"In an amazing act of generosity, suppliers and trades have come together to gift Danny and Jess the installation of a solar energy system, solar panels, ducted air-conditioning and a heat pump to assist with his long term recovery.

"We want to thank Solaire Connect, Dave Mouritz Air Conditioning, Advantage Air, Enviroheat, Air Direct, Scott Milner and David Neuwen. You are proof that Christmas angels do exist.”