A diehard Parramatta Eels fan has been bowled over with an unexpected act of kindness from his beloved footy club after he was forced to cancel his membership.
Sydney father-of-two Roy Padlan suddenly became unwell on June 12 and was rushed to Blacktown Hospital with vertigo and nausea.
An angiogram revealed a stent inserted after a previous heart attack had become blocked.
Mr Padlan would end up undergoing two open heart surgeries, including a triple bypass, and spending a month in hospital due to complications.
With Mr Padlan expected to be out of work for some time, his wife Liz told nine.com.au that she reluctantly contacted the Parramatta Eels to ask if they could cancel the family's membership for this season.
"Family membership is over $1000 so it's not cheap. I just thought I will ask and see whether they are able to refund the membership," she said.
Not only did the club refund the money but they also promised to send out a "small gift" in the post, Mrs Padlan said.
"I didn't know what it was going to be. I thought it might be a stubby holder or something like that," she said.
What actually arrived in the post was a 2020 jersey signed by the Eels team.
"When I saw it I was so surprised. I wasn't expecting that, especially as I was asking to leave the club," Mrs Padlan said.
"I was thinking oh my gosh, Roy's going to have another heart attack when he sees this."
Not wanting to risk getting her husband's heart racing while he was still so unwell, Mrs Padlan said she waited until he got home from hospital for the big reveal.
"I laid it out on our bed and the day I brought him home that's what greeted him when he walked in," she said.
"He said, 'What is this?' He almost wet himself he was so excited.
"I told him it was just a 'small gift' from the Eels."
Mr Padlan, who is such a big Parramatta fan that he has personalised Eels plates on his car, loved his jersey so much that he didn't even want to put it on for a photo and is now planning to have it framed, Mrs Padlan said.
Staff at the Parramatta Eels headquarters had also offered to host Mr Padlan at a 2020 game when he felt up to it, she said.
Thanks to his GP and doctors, Mr Padlan is continuing to make a good recovery.
"We are feeling very blessed that Roy gets to live another day and watch his two girls grow up," Mrs Padlan said.