Essendon Football Club rocked by cancer diagnosis

Essendon have announced beloved club doctor Bruce Reid has been diagnosed with cancer.

Reid is on indefinite leave after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the mesothelial cells of internal organs.

He has currently recovering in hospital after surgery.

“Reidy’s health and wellbeing are our number one priority during this difficult time,” Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell said in a statement.

Bombers head coach John Worsfold and club doctor Bruce Reid in 2016. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

“He knows he has the full support of the entire Essendon family and the club will continue to do everything we can to support Bruce, his wife Judy and their five children.”

Reid is the longest-serving senior AFL doctor and has been at Essendon for the past 36 years.

He previously worked at Richmond from 1976 – 1979, before moving to Essendon in 1982.

He also played two years at Hawthorn in 1966 and 1967, playing three senior games.

Fans flocked to social media with messages of support.