Greater Western Sydney forward Bobby Hill will have surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Here are details of his diagnosis .
Bobby Hill : Testicular cancer | GWS | Contract | AFL
Hill is an Indigenous man with Whadjuk-Ballardong Noongar ancestry. Named after his father, Hill prefers to be called Bobby.
|Full name||Ian Hill|
|Date of birth||9 February 2000|
|Original team(s)||Perth (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 24, 2018 AFL draft|
|Debut||14 July 2019, Greater Western Sydney
vs. Richmond, at MCG
Hill attended Northam Senior High School before completing his high school education at Wesley College (Western Australia) as part of their Indigenous Scholarship Program.
He first came to notice when he was selected in the Western Australia under 16s.
He made his senior debut against Richmond in round 17 of the 2019 season. Hill has played 41 games with the club and is known for his blistering pace, clean hands and the ability to leap in the air after the football.
Bobby Hill Testicular cancer
Greater Western Sydney forward Bobby Hill will have surgery on Tuesday after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 22-year-old kicked one goal in his team’s loss to Brisbane on Saturday and has featured in every game for the Giants so far this AFL season, but is now set for an indefinite period out of action.
Medical assessment following his recovery from surgery will determine if any further treatment is required.
Carlton defender Sam Docherty and North Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington have also dealt with bouts of testicular cancer over the last year.
Docherty has made a stunning return to action this season, while Cunnington remains sidelined.
Jesse Hogan, now a teammate of Hill’s at GWS, also took time out of the game after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2017 while playing with Melbourne.
Bobby Hill GWS
Hill is the first player to swap clubs in the 2022 Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period after Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney signed off on a deal on Monday morning.
The Giants trade Hill and its round-three selection (pick No.40) to Collingwood for its round-three selection (43) and its future second-round selection.
The 22-year-old was denied a trade request to Essendon this time last year, but is now heading to another powerhouse Victorian side.
Hill played the first 11 games of 2022 before being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The West Australian recovered from that diagnosis late in the season and was cleared to return to playing in the final round of the VFL season.
Hill thanked the Giants for his time at Sydney Olympic Park.
“The Giants gave me my first AFL opportunity and I’ll be forever grateful for that,” Hill said.
“I have a lot of friends and people at the Giants who have supported me through a very difficult period of my life, I thank the club for their overarching support and care they gave me and my family.
Bobby Hill Contract
Hill’s two-year $1.6 million contract into a four-year, $400,000 deal – likely with incentives to boost his salary.
Hill requested a trade to Essendon at the end of last week for family reasons in a move flagged by foxfooty.com.au, but the Giants remained steadfast Hill was required, reportedly rejecting an offer from Essendon that included a second-round draft pick.
It’s been a move that has prompted considerable debate in the football community about the power dynamics between player and club – Hill’s manager Colin Young said the forward would return to the club, but warned it could have an adverse effect on him.
Bobby Hill AFL
He was selected at pick #24 in the 2018 national draft. He made his senior debut against Richmond in round 17 of the 2019 season.
|2019–2022||Greater Western Sydney||41 (34)|
Hill has played 41 games with the club and is known for his blistering pace, clean hands and the ability to leap in the air after the football.
Hill designed the Greater Western Sydney’s 2020 Indigenous jumper, which is worn by the club as an alternative strip.
The following year he again requested a trade to Victoria, this time to Collingwood, and was traded on 3 October.