NEWCASTLE’S Isaac Hayden has revealed he will need to leave the club to in order to put family life before football.
In a revealing interview with The Times, the midfielder opened up over a “terrible” 2018 and the traumatic premature birth of his one-year-old daughter.
Hayden also revealed how fiancee Lauren was bed-ridden throughout pregnancy and was being sick up to 30 times a day.
His daughter, Adriana, had problems with her breathing and was in the Portland Hospital in London.
She still visits the same hospital for checks and Hayden admitted that a return south is on the cards in order to be closer to his family.
The 23-year-old was the subject of a failed move to Brighton last summer because Newcastle had failed to find a replacement.
He said: “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.
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“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.”