The GIANTS family is right behind long term employee Gavin Robertson as the much loved 53-year old recovers from emergency brain surgery.

Robertson, who was one of the first employees of the club, had a tumour removed earlier this month and is now facing an intense program of radiation and chemotherapy in the coming months.

The proud Westie, known to everyone as Robbo, is best known for representing his country and state as a cricketer as well as his various media roles in recent years.

Robertson has thanked everyone who’s reached out to him and his loved ones over the past fortnight.

"My family and I have been overwhelmed by the incredible show of love and support from so many friends and well-wishers over the past week,” said Robertson. 

"It has been an emotional roller coaster, consuming each and every minute of my day, and now I am ready and able to meet this challenge that confronts me. 

"Thank you again for your positive messages sending me best wishes. It reminds me how fortunate I am to have made so many enduring and genuine friendships over the past 50 years.

"I really appreciate your support, and just can't answer all these messages right now, and kindly request that we have some privacy in the first phase of the battle ahead."

Robertson has touched so many lives during his time at the GIANTS following a long and distinguished cricket career that included four Test matches. 

GIANTS Chief Executive David Matthews said the entire GIANTS family has Robertson in their thoughts. 

“Gavin has helped to build the GIANTS, particularly in the community and commercial areas. He is a much loved member of the staff,” Mr Matthews said. 

“He contributes great energy, positivity and resilience to our club and I am sure that they are the attributes that he will bring to his current challenge. 

“Gav, Kath and the whole family has the unwavering support of the GIANTS and no doubt the AFL and sporting community more broadly during this tough time.”