The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jamie Holt

DE­SPITE his new fam­ily be­ing at the op­po­site end of the coun­try, Ply­mouth striker Marvin Mor­gan in­sists he will have no prob­lem fo­cus­ing on his foot­ball.

Mor­gan be­came a fa­ther for the first time in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing when his part­ner gave birth to a son, Miles.

The 31-year-old dashed up to New­cas­tle to see the birth and missed the mid­week de­feat to Wy­combe, but im­me­di­ately re­turned south ahead of yes­ter­day’s visit from Hartle­pool, need­ing to get the train as he is still un­able to drive after suf­fer­ing a seizure in train­ing last year.

And, though Mor­gan ad­mits it was a wrench to leave his new­born son, he did so with an okay from his part­ner.

“I booked a ticket to come back to Ply­mouth on Mon­day and the mis­sus was fine,” he said. “There were no signs of her hav­ing the baby. She had no pains, noth­ing.

“It cost me £500 in train fares to get back, but it was worth it to be there.

“With tech­nol­ogy th­ese days you can stay in touch, via Facetime and all that.

“It’s up­set­ting to leave them be­hind but she re­alises I’ve got a job to do, to look after her.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a foot­baller have pa­ter­nity leave!”

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