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NEW ARRIVALS | The baby Exiles who were born during a pandemic

15 September 2020

Newport County AFC were delighted to hear that five of the Exiles' players and the club's Academy Manager welcomed babies into the world over the last few months.

Mickey Demetriou, Padraig Amond, Robbie Willmott, Ashley Baker, Josh Sheehan and Damien Broad have all welcomed newborns while the UK has been under lockdown.

Preparing to welcome a baby can often be a stressful time, but this period has presented parents with a number of unique challenges due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The players, who were assigned individual programmes to follow when the footballing schedule was brought to a grinding halt in March, were also able to spend precious time with their babies during the off period.

But they had to find the right balance between changing nappies and staying active to ensure they were prepared for the start of the 2020/21 season.

Speaking before the Carabao Cup clash against Cambridge United on Tuesday evening, Demetriou said: "Hopefully we can all learn from each other because everyone does parenting differently. It's nice to hear the experiences that everyone is having with their newborns.

"I've done it with my eldest son, Theo, and now I'm doing it all over again with Alfie. If me and my wife can help off the pitch too then we will do.

"Some parents were worried about being at the hospitals, but, if I'm honest, being there was the safest I've felt. You wouldn't have known that we are living in a pandemic there.

"They were all excellent and they tried to make everything as calm as possible. I want to say a big thanks to everyone at the Royal Gwent Hospital."

Everyone at Newport County AFC would like to send our congratulations to Mickey, Padraig, Robbie, Ashley, Josh, Damien and their partners.


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