Like all new parents Danny Simpson has been getting used to how life changes after your first baby is born.
Danny Simpson – worries over baby – playing is a release
And Danny Simpson has talked today about how his daughter Skye has changed his life, including his life in football.
Danny is the Newcastle United first choice right back, and he says that playing and training have now become a good release for him, from the new challenges that his new baby daughter brings, who is still in hospital and almost 5 weeks old.
This is what Danny said in the interview:
“Skye is up to 5lb 3oz and she’s getting stronger,” “She’s doing really well and hopefully she’ll be home with us in a week or so. She was born four and a half weeks ago, so hopefully we’re though the worst of it.”
“She was 3lb when she was born, so she’s at last putting on some weight and doing really well. She’s so much stronger now.” “It was a very difficult time and it’s completely different to anything I’ve ever been used to.”
“Usually your life revolves around training, playing games and seeing your mates. Although I’ve still been able to concentrate on games, I now have a family and a missus to look after. I’ve had to become very strong for them.”
“It’s a very different challenge, but I’ve got to be strong for them.” “I’ve been lucky because I’ve got some great team-mates.The RVI (Royal Victoria Infirmary] have been incredible as well.”
“It’s my second season in the Premier League, so I’ve got to try to concentrate on the games. But I’m also there for my baby and my missus.”
“During the games, I want to win badly, but straight after I ring the hospital to make sure everything is OK. It makes it so much easier that I’ve got a great bunch of team-mates around me.”
“It’s a great confidence-booster to be unbeaten in three games so far this season, but even more so from the Scunthorpe game, because we were down and we had to show something different.”
“We showed a lot of character and commitment from everyone and the team spirit is there for all to see.” “The first three games bode well for the rest of the season.”
The fact that Skye is gaining weight nicely is an excellent sign, but it’s always a worry for parents, especially when it’s the first baby. Danny flew back from the American tour in July, when the baby was due to arrive, but he missed the birth unfortunately.
Even with Jose Enrique and Joey Barton having left the club in the last week or so, the team spirit in the Newcastle camp seems very good, and of course in the game at Scunthorpe on Thursday night, the Magpies could so easily have lost.
That was before Ryan Taylor took one of his free kick specials, and the ball was in the back of the net after 80 minutes, and Newcastle were right back in the game, and of course 19 year-old Sammy Ameobi got the sensational winner in the second half of extra time.
Before that happened we thought Newcastle were going down to an ignominious defeat, another one after the Stevenage debacle in January.
But the way the lads have came back in the first three games, and got a draw and two wins must be a good omen, but let’s hope that against Fulham we turn up in the first half.
But even if Newcastle play poorly again and are still in the game at half time, another win could be on the cards.
We hope so – Newcastle need another win.