Steele Sidebottom and wife Alisha have announced the birth of their second child, the newborn arriving early just as the Collingwood premiership player predicted.
The 33-year-old last week revealed a February 6 due date but said the baby could arrive “any minute”.
It wouldn’t have been a minute too soon, either, with Alisha on crutches after suffering a fractured patella in a fall earlier in January.
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Ned Patrick Sidebottom was born on Wednesday afternoon.
“The most perfect addition tour family,” Alisha said.
Alisha and Steele Sidebottom attended the Australian Open just days before the newborn’s arrival. Credit: Supplied
The couple shared photos of baby Ned in the arms of his proud dad and his excited older sister Matilda.
The newborn’s arrival caps off a massive 12 months where Sidebottom celebrated his 300-game milestone and won his second AFL premiership.
Sidebottom welcomed the return of pre-season training late last year but expects to take some time off for the family.
Sidebottom’s first child Matilda holds newborn Ned. Credit: Instagram
The midfielder said he was still hungry for success as the two-time premiership winner aims to take that total to three and help guide his team to back-to-back flags after last year’s epic grand final win.
“If I wasn’t (hungry), I wouldn’t be going to training today, tomorrow and the next day,” he said.
“I like going to training and I feel like I’m 25 again.
“The body is feeling good. I’ll be playing footy for as long as I can.”
Sidebottom debuted for the Pies in 2009 and won his first premiership the following year.
He starred in last year’s grand final, kicking a crucial goal late in the fourth quarter.