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The ex-Eagles player and current media personality has been struck with prostate cancer and is presently undergoing treatment for the illness

Retired Geylang United (now known as Geylang International) player Paul “PJ” Roberts was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and is currently receiving treatment for his ailment.

In light of Roberts’s diagnosis, his former club has expressed their well-wishes towards him and hopes he will make a speedy recovery.

“The Chairman and Management Committee, staff and players of GIFC express our best wishes and hope that PJ Roberts will recover quickly from the prostate cancer treatment,” the club said in a statement to Goal Singapore.

Roberts previously played alongside current Singapore stalwart Baihakki Khaizan during his time at the club, back when the towering defender was making his breakthrough as a youngster, amongst other players. It was an opportunity he was honoured to have.

“I played with some great players during my time, from my fellow Australians in Peter Bennett and Brendon Santalab to the experienced statesmen of the team in Lim Tong Hai and Alexander Duric," ,” the 39-year-old said of his experience in an interview with Geylang in 2012.

"The two best players of the emerging talent of the time were definitely Baihakki Khaizan and Hassan Sunny, who were making their senior debuts as young 18-year-olds."

After turning out for Geylang for a solitary season, in which the Eagles finished as S.League and Singapore Cup runner-ups in 2003, Robert was forced into retirement due to injury.

The Australian then chose a career in the media industry, becoming a television presenter for ESPN.

Goal Singapore wishes PJ Roberts a speedy recovery.

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