Footballers appreciate delivery skills in teammates but Jarrad McVeigh is also a fan of his wife’s expertise in the area after she gave birth to a daughter early this week.
“We tried to put a few things in place because she was actually due next Monday, so we sped things up a bit,” the Swans veteran admitted.
“The week has started off pretty well, everyone is healthy and happy, so I’ll quickly train today then head back to the hospital.
“Two father-daughters (for the future) is all right.”
With the birth brought conveniently forward, the 32-year-old can turn his attention to another milestone: his 300th game in Friday night’s match against Geelong.
McVeigh came to terms with the Swans to extend his contract only last week and will play the next season before moving into a coaching position. The 2012 premiership player began his career at the SCG in 2004.
He becomes just the fourth Swan to play 300 games, joining former teammates Adam Goodes (372), Jude Bolton (325) and Michael O’Loughlin (303) in the exclusive club.
McVeigh looked around at other clubs before the Swans came up with an acceptable deal and is relieved to finish his career at the club where it started.
“I was lucky enough to play in Jude, Goodesy and Micky O’Loughlin’s (300th games) and saw how special it was to them, and that’s no different for me, I’m extremely proud,” he said.
“From growing up in NSW supporting the Swans, and coming to the SCG games when nobody was here, to seeing what we saw on the weekend with the full house, I’m extremely proud.
“It meant the world to come out of school and be drafted, and be able to stay at home was fantastic. I looked at the best trainers and the best players and just tried to live in their pockets, guys like Paul Williams, Stuart Maxfield, Brett Kirk, Adam Goodes, Barry Hall, so I owe a lot to those guys.
“During my career, apart from my family, they’ve taught me everything I know.”
Source: Sydney Swans