SUMO IS BIG DADDY

Steve McNulty leaves Lu­ton for Tran­mere to see more of his kids

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sam El­liott

STEVE McNULTY says the only rea­son he left Lu­ton Town was to be­come a proper dad again.

So long, Sumo. The Hat­ters hero – nick­named that by the Ke­nil­worth Road faith­ful who fell for their de­cep­tively nim­ble de­fender – on Mon­day shocked League Two by an­nounc­ing he was drop­ping back into the Con­fer­ence.

The Liver­pool-based 32-yearold signed for Tran­mere Rovers de­spite be­ing a fix­ture in Lu­ton’s line-up for the past three years.

McNulty and wife Vicky had a sec­ond child a year ago and the meaty cen­tre-back says last week he had the big­gest de­ci­sion of his life to make.

He told Hat­ters boss John Still he wanted to re­turn home and the man­ager re­fused to stand in his way.

McNulty told The FLP: “I just de­cided I couldn’t take liv­ing apart from the fam­ily any longer. I have been away from the kids for three years now – I need to be a dad again.

“Last year we had our sec­ond girl, Lilia. My el­dest Ava is now six. It just hit me, I had to be there to pick them up from school or do the fam­ily things many par­ents take for granted.The mo­ment was al­ways go­ing to ar­rive and it’s here now.

Good­night

“My el­dest knows daddy plays foot­ball and un­der­stood, but I didn’t want my youngest put through the same thing. I want to do dad things and be there to say good­night. “It’s been hard for Vicky, she hasn’t re­ally got to have a life. She’s done it for so long with­out me, it’s only fair now it’s my turn – she de­serves a break… she can for­get the kids now and get back to look­ing af­ter me full-time!

“Some­times I would fin­ish the game on a Satur­day, go back to them and drive back south af­ter the kids had gone to bed on the Sun­day night. Play­ing foot­ball for a liv­ing you shouldn’t com­plain, but it was a chal­lenge.

“Mind you, I’ve only been back a few days and they’re al­ready driv­ing me up the wall!”

His ears may not get much rest should Tran­mere fans pick up on his catchy ter­race chant.

“My el­dest still shouts ‘Su­u­u­u­umo! ’at me like the Lu­ton fans did,” the former Fleetwood man added. “I re­mem­ber last year Ava came down to a game and said ‘daddy, daddy, they call you Sumo be­cause you’re so fat!’

“I told her that I know, but she still likes call­ing me it at home. The Tran­mere fans are wel­come to sing it – our youngest will pick it up from her sis­ter any­way.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Steve McNulty with his daugh­ter Ava

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