Collingwood and GWS have completed the first trade of the 2022 AFL Trade Period with Bobby Hill finally finding his way to Victoria.
Bobby Hill : Trade | Collingwood | Cancer | Partner
Ian “Bobby” Hill is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
|Date of birth
|9 February 2000
|No. 24, 2018 AFL draft
|14 July 2019, Greater Western Sydney
vs. Richmond, at MCG
|175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
|66 kg (146 lb)
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.
The Woods and Giants also traded third-round selections ahead of the 2022 AFL Draft, with Collingwood securing Pick 40 for the price of Pick 43.
Since joining the Giants with the 24th pick of the 2018 National Draft, Hill has amassed 41 starts in charcoal and orange, slotting 34 goals in the process.
The Western Australian’s pain in missing out on a trade across the Murray last year played out in public view, with Hill’s emotions captured by Stan cameras for the documentary series, ‘Show Me The Money’.
Hill has since received surgery, with the Perth Demons product making a return to GWS’ Homebush base in August.
Conversely, Collingwood will enter next month holding the 16th, 40th, 48th, 49th and 89th selections.
The proud Indigenous man requested a trade to Essendon at the end of last season for family reasons, but remained at GWS when the deal fell through.
Bobby Hill Collingwood
BOBBY 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.
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.
“Across this season we’ve worked closely with Bobby to ensure he was supported and comfortable as he faced some significant health challenges,” Giants football manager Jason McCartney said.
“Following the season, he again expressed a desire to relocate to Melbourne.
“We’re pleased to add to our 2023 draft hand with a second-round pick and wish Bobby and his family all the best for the future.”
Bobby Hill 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.
“Bobby and his family have our full support, as always, as they go through this period,” GWS football manager Jason McCartney said in a club statement.
“His health and wellbeing is our absolute priority and he’ll have the best medical care as he undergoes surgery on Tuesday and beyond.
Bobby is in good spirits and knows he has the support and love of the entire Giants family.”
Drafted in 2018, livewire forward Hill has played 41 games in four years with the Giants. He has played all 11 games so far this year, kicking nine goals.
Hill requested a trade to Essendon at the end of last year to be closer to family in friends in Melbourne, but was denied a move.
GWS held him to his contract, which runs until the end of this season.
Hill became a father in December last year when his partner Georgia Devlin gave birth to their son Bobby Junior.
Hill and his accomplice Georgia Devlin are pictured with their son, Bobby Junior, who was born final December.
Hill’s diagnosis comes just months after he and partner Georgia Devlin welcomed their first child, a baby boy.
‘Bobby and his family have our full support, as always, as they go through this period,’ 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.
Not much information is available about his partner on social media.