The GWS Giants have confirmed their young forward Bobby Hill will be unavailable indefinitely after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 22-year-old is set to undergo surgery next week and it’s currently unclear how long he could be out for.
The Giants have thrown their full support behind Hill during such a difficult time.
“Bobby and his family have our full support, as always, as they go through this period,” Giants general manager of football Jason McCartney said.
“His health and wellbeing is our absolute priority and he’ll have the best medical care as he undergoes surgery on Tuesday and beyond.
“There’ll be a period of time for him to recover before further medical assessment to understand if any additional steps are required.
“Bobby is in good spirits and knows he has the support and love of the entire GIANTS family.”
Sending all our love and strength to @GWSGIANTS forward Bobby Hill and his family, after his diagnosis with testicular cancer.
We’re all with you, Bobby 💙🤍🧡 pic.twitter.com/bPN4a653d8
— North Melbourne FC (@NMFCOfficial) May 29, 2022
Hill was drafted at pick number 24 in the 2018 national draft by the Giants and made his AFL debut in 2019 – kicking three goals against Richmond.
The forward is the cousin of Bradley and Stephen Hill and called upon their advice at the outset of his AFL career.
“I just go out and do my own thing. I asked Bradley [for advice] before I got drafted, but now it’s about doing my own thing,” Hill said in 2019.
“The first game, making your debut, it’s a bit nerve-wracking. In the first five minutes you’re out there you’re blowing pretty hard.
“But that’s the only time I really thought to myself ‘it’s really happening’.”
The Giants suffered a 14-point loss against Brisbane Lions on Saturday and are currently 14th on the table after 11 games.