Great Dane pins suc­cess on fam­ily hap­pi­ness

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MICHAEL Jakob­sen be­lieves his part­ner An­nelise and his chil­dren’s hap­pi­ness are the essence in mak­ing his tran­si­tion to Ade­laide United stress free.

As the Reds pre­pare to face Perth Glory at Hind­marsh to­mor­row, the for­mer Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional re­vealed one se­cret to a happy life.

Spend­ing qual­ity time with his team­mates – skip­per Isa­ias, Tay­lor Re­gan and Michael Mar­rone and their young fam­i­lies – has helped his en­tire well­be­ing on and off the park.

Jakob­sen, 32, signed a twoyear deal in May and moved to Ade­laide from Mel­bourne City in early June.

“It’s so im­por­tant for the play­ers’ wives as well, when we get to­gether we all have some­thing in com­mon with the kids,’’ Jakob­sen said yes­ter­day.

“There’s some awk­ward si­lence some­times but ev­ery­thing is a lot eas­ier when your part­ner is happy and they have some­one else to see out­side of foot­ball.

“When I’m happy away from the pitch, I’m happy on the pitch and it’s very im­por­tant for my wife and chil­dren to set­tle.

“That makes ev­ery­thing so much eas­ier.”

Jakob­sen had be­come ac­cus­tomed to shift­ing con­tin­u­ously dur­ing his im­pres­sive ca­reer.

Apart from play­ing in his na­tive na­tion, Jakob­sen moved to the Nether­lands, spent two years in Spain and time in Nor­way be­fore sign­ing for Mel­bourne City in 2016.

He played 41 matches for City and in 2016, like this year, won the FFA Cup for his then new club.

His lead­er­ship qual­i­ties have been ad­mired and have only en­hanced Ade­laide’s abil­ity to en­sure the Reds won’t be bul­lied by any­one.

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