Baby boy joy for Sharp family

On-loan Nottingham Forest striker Billy Sharp, who tragically

lost his newborn son last year, has become a father again.

Sharp, who is currently on loan to Forest from Southampton, and

his partner Jade Fair are celebrating after the birth of a baby

boy.

Both mother and baby are doing well and the couple have named

their baby Leo Sharp.

It is happy news for the couple who were devastated after their

first baby, Luey Jacob, died in hospital aged just two days last

October.

In a statement released on behalf of the Luey Jacob Sharp

Foundation today, Sharp said: “Jade and I are absolutely delighted

with the safe arrival of our beautiful boy Leo.

“As everyone knows, we tragically lost our first son, Luey Jacob

Sharp, so the birth of Leo makes this special time for our family

especially poignant.

“We would like to thank our family and friends for the support

they have given us throughout Jade’s pregnancy.

“We are thrilled to become parents and we welcome Leo into our

world with lots of love and are looking forward to starting family

life together with our son.”

The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation helps families affected by

gastroschisis, an abdominal-wall defect usually picked up by week

14 in pregnancy and the cause of which is still unknown.

Last year Sharp played for former club Doncaster just days after

losing Luey on October 29. He called his goal in that match the

most important of his career.

After scoring, Sharp lifted his shirt to reveal a message which

read: “That’s for you, son.”

He tweeted later that night: “My goal tonight was the most

important goal of my career dedicated to my brave boy luey jacob

sharp I love u son sleep tight.thatsforyouson.”