SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 19: Bobby Hill (L) of the Giants and Lachie Whitfield of the Giants celebrate victory during the round 14 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Carlton Blues at GIANTS Stadium on June 19, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Giants forward Bobby Hill will return home to Sydney to be with his partner for the birth of their first child.

Hill, as well as his fellow Giants teammates and Sydney players, has been residing in Queensland as part of the AFL's hub in the Sunshine State for the past week after departing Victoria.

Greater Western Sydney players and officials have not been in their home state for weeks since the New South Wales COVID-19 outbreak began.

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The club confirmed Hill will head home and will have to await approval to re-join teammates, who are expecting to have their families granted arrival to transition hubs.

“Bobby returned home to Sydney with our full support," Giants football boss Jason McCartney said.

“As we know, the two Sydney clubs have faced plenty of challenges over the past few weeks and we appreciate the sacrifices our players and staff have made.

“Family comes first so Bobby will return home now with our full support and if the option becomes available for him to re-join the group then we’ll welcome him back as soon as we can.”

Hill would likely join awaiting families in the transitional hub, meaning a 14-day isolation period would be required before being available for selection.