WEST Coast forward Jack Darling has spoken for the first time about missing the birth of his first child, as he was away with the club for last week’s clash with the Gold Coast.
Darling almost returned to Perth before playing in the Eagles’ loss after learning his wife, Courtney, was in labour prematurely.
Arrangements were made to get Darling to Brisbane airport for a flight back to Perth but the plan was changed when Darling learned his son had been delivered.
Little Max Christopher Darling couldn’t wait for his dad to return home and arrived unexpectedly on Friday June 2.
“Courtney and I are extremely proud to announce the early arrival our son Max, who couldn’t wait another day and arrived quickly and unexpectedly while I was over east last weekend,” Darling said in an Instagram post.
“It was extremely difficult not to be there to support my beautiful, strong wife.
“Courtney, I have admired your strength throughout the whole pregnancy, the past few weeks have been the most challenging time of our lives.
“Max and I are extremely lucky to have such an incredible woman in our lives and we love you. I am so blessed to have my wife and my son healthy and well.”
When told his son had already arrived, Darling returned to the Gold Coast and played in West Coast’s narrow loss to the Suns.
The club has confirmed it was aware of the drama but described it as a private matter.