HIS footballing career may have been temporarily put on hold, but the birth of his new daughter Freya means that Ashington CFC striker Stephen Young will be able to devote all of his time to family life.
Young, 30, admits that apart from an odd calf strain, he had never suffered a serious injury until he fractured his hand earlier in the campaign.
Then last month he broke an ankle in the Northern League match against Jarrow Roofing – but he has vowed to return.
And whilst forwards thrive on scoring hat-tricks, this was a treble which he had no delight in completing as he became the third Ashington player in as many games to be taken to Wansbeck General Hospital, following in the footsteps of Gareth Bainbridge who dislocated his shoulder and Darren Lough who fractured his skull.
“All I can remember is that Jonny Godsmark pulled the ball back and I was ready to shoot when the Jarrow lad came in to tackle me,” said Young, a civil servant.
“I’ve played football since the age of five, but until this season when I broke my hand, I had never had a bad injury.”
Young expressed his thanks and appreciation to the club and hospital staff.
“Our club physio Leanne Symonds, Craig Leathard, everyone who came onto the pitch to assist and the staff at Wansbeck General were great,” he said.
Young’s injury came within five minutes of him going onto the field as a substitute, and while partner Jill Coultas was expecting their second child to be born on the same day – the couple already have a 15-month-old daughter, Maisie.
“Jill was in hospital and was heavily pregnant but was quite happy for me to go to football as normal,” said Young.
“And when she came to see me, she was mellow and more concerned about how I was.
“I have had no definite indication as to how long I will be out. I am due to see the surgeon in November then face a second operation in mid December, but I’ll definitely be back.
“I face rehabilitation after I have the cast off and I’ll just take each day as it comes.”