With Isaac Hayden ready to leave Newcastle in the summer for family reasons we thought it may be helpful for fans to rerun the interview he did on March 2nd for the Sun.
In his own words, Isaac talks about how difficult things were before his daughter Adriana was born and how difficult it was for him to play for Newcastle last season.
Isaac makes some excellent points about how important it is to be a real father in life.
We find it very difficult to criticize the 25-year-old wanting to be closer to his fiance Laura and baby daughter.
It’s just that he’s playing so well for Newcastle now since he came into the side last December.
We never thought Isaac could even play as well as he has done over the last five months and he’s been so consistent too.
Isaac Hayden – training in Spain earlier this year
As we’ve said before he is also becoming a leader at Newcastle – both on and off the field.
It looks like fatherhood has done Hayden a world of good – and it certainly makes you grow up very quickly!
This is what Isaac said in The Sun in early March about his situation:
“My daughter’s birth and everything leading up to it was very traumatic, not many people know what it was really like.”
“My fiancée was very, very ill for the whole term of her pregnancy, the whole nine months.”
“She was bed-ridden, couldn’t do anything. She was being sick 20-30 times a day. She had hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition that Kate Middleton had.”
“She was going into hospital to be put on drips. She was in Newcastle at that point, but her family is based in the South West, mine’s in Essex and she really had no support.”
“When Adriana was born in December 2017, she was six weeks premature and then she was in neo-natal care.”
“She had problems with her breathing and temperature control.”
“She was in the Portland Hospital in London. While all that was happening, trying to play football was difficult.”
“She’s doing OK now, but there are still a lot of things, little checks, and stuff, and we like to use the same hospital for her specific needs.”
“I want to be in a place for my daughter to settle down and have a happy home environment and not be moving around too much.”
“Lauren has done an awful lot for me and given up a lot to have a child.”
“Looking back, I don’t know how she did it. She deserves to be in a position where she’s happy, where’s she’s closer to her family and closer to the hospital.”
“Money isn’t everything. It’s about the time you spend with children, the effort you put in. I want to know her.”
“I don’t want to miss her walking for the first time, talking, all those things. I want to be a proper dad.”
Good for him.
Now is there any way we can do that – and still keep this lad playing for Newcastle United?