There are no sleepless nights for now- but Lee Hodson will sleep even better knowing first-team football will come at St Mirren, even if he’s got a newborn child to care for.
The full-back has returned to Paisley following a move to Gillingham in the summer. He’s only played seven league games since moving to Steve Evans’ side, who have now sent him back to Paisley for the remainder of this term.
Hodson was on loan at St Mirren from Rangers last year. One difference from that spell will be his additional duties as a dad, with son Chase now occupying much of his time outside of football.
He’s delighted to be back in Paisley and Hodson’s loving life as a dad too: “It’s been in the pipeline for a week or so, I’m delighted to get this over the line and to be back here.
“It’s a great club to be at, great fanbase. It was a no-brainer. When I had the opportunity to come back here, there was only one place I wanted to go. After speaking to the manager, that was another massive factor. I had a great time here.
“During the summer I thought it was the perfect time to go down south, be closer to family, and to be around our new baby. I enjoyed my time at Gillingham but sometimes things don’t work out.
“It’s always a difficult decision to make but my fiancé and the rest of my family know that I needed to get back playing. The support I have from them is fantastic. For us it’s like coming back home in a way.
“We enjoyed our time in Glasgow and in the next couple of weeks they’ll come down for the months I’m here. It’s going to be tough but they’ll be up shortly, Facetime is a brilliant thing!
“It won’t affect my performances. It was sleepless nights to start off with but now he’s sleeping through the night. He goes down early and gets back up at 8am. When I go home to the little one I can have that mental rest away from football and focus on my son and family.
“It’s a great feeling to be a dad, I heard that before he was born. It’s been fantastic.”