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Southampton's Drew Surman a father after fianceé gives birth to baby boy
2:41pm Saturday 24th January 2009 in News
HE IS one Saint with something to celebrate – Andrew Surman has become a dad.
The 22-year-old midfielder, pictured, is a proud father after his fianceé and childhood sweetheart Laura Howard gave birth to a 7lb 1oz baby boy at Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday.
The couple named their son Alfie Ronnie James Surman.
His parents registered him at the same time as his cousin Oscar Reynolds, who was born eight days earlier to Laura’s sister Kate and her husband Lee Reynolds.
New grandmother Lin Howard, Laura and Kate’s mum, said: “It has been a nerve-racking time but we are all just so happy and so excited.”
Mother and son are both doing well and have left hospital.
Surman is suspended for Tuesday night’s match against Norwich City but will return to action against Swansea City at St Mary’s next weekend.
A club spokesman said: “We’re very pleased for Drew. He’ll be very proud when he comes back to play for us next Saturday.”