BRENDAN "Bear" Clark has been discharged from John Hunter Hospital after he was attacked by two large hunting dogs at Coonamble three weeks ago.
The 43-year-old man, who needed to have his right arm amputated after the attack, said he had planned to spend his first night out of hospital washing down a slice of pizza with a beer in front of the State Of Origin.
"But I didn't even make kick off," he said.
"It was a big day for me. I was worn out.
"But it was good to get out, and have a beer and a ciggie in the backyard."
Mr Clark, who had been living at Coonamble, has moved to Scone to live with his father while he works out what to do next.
A fund-raiser for the mechanic had raised about $17,500 to support him while he adjusted to his new circumstances.
Mr Clark said he was trying to look on the bright side.
"I've been looking into the Paralympics, I thought I might have a go at shooting targets, or I used to be a bit of a handy lawn bowl player, if that's in it, maybe I could get back into that," he said.
"I was learning to fly before all of this. And my flying instructor came to see me, and showed me all of these videos of amputees who were still able to fly.
"He reckoned I could still give it a good go. So hopefully I'll be able to pick that up again one day too."
The Newcastle Heraldpreviously reported that Mr Clark had been working in the yard of the Coonamble property on June 21 when the dogs - "mongrels" bred for pig hunting - attacked.
Two men have since been charged in relation to the dog attack.
To support Mr Clark, visit gofundme.com/f/lost-arm-from-dog-mauling.