When Alex returns the following year, his drug dealing is uncovered when VJ finds Alex's tablets and nearly takes them. Further family upheaval occurs when Ryan decides to go back to live with his mother Amanda Vale (Holly Brisley) in the city and Dan takes a new job in America and plans for Leah and VJ to join him.However, Dan dies in an abseiling accident and VJ is without a father once again.In spite of Ryan's behaviour, Leah and Dan marry and VJ gains a new father figure and stepbrother.Early into Leah and Dan's marriage, there is disharmony when Dan gets into debt through gambling and VJ's life is threatened by Dan's creditors.
She has also stated that she became attached to each actor that has played VJ.Of the new actor, Nicodemou explained "We've got a new bloke, Matt, who's started in the role. I think he's going to be really, really popular as well." The actress added that VJ would be all grown up when he returns, as the producers wanted him to look older.On 31 August 2014, it was confirmed that Matthew Little had taken over the role.On VJ's third birthday, Vinnie, revealed to be alive in witness protection visits in the guise of a teddy bear and leaves a letter telling Leah and VJ to move with their lives.VJ is left injured when Dan's son Ryan (Issac Gorman) sets fire to Dan and Leah's wedding invitations but makes a recovery.