14/12/2012 16:46 GMT

Footballer Billy Sharp Becomes Father To Leo, A Year After Son Luey Died Aged Two Days

A Championship footballer who tragically lost his newborn son last year has become a father again.

Billy Sharp, who is currently on loan to Nottingham Forest from Southampton, and his partner Jade Fair are celebrating after the birth of a baby boy.

Both mother and baby are doing well and the couple have named their baby Leo Sharp.

It is happy news for the couple, who were devastated after their first baby Luey Jacob died in hospital aged just two days last October.

In a statement released on behalf of the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation today, Billy, 26, said: "Jade and I are absolutely delighted with the safe arrival of our beautiful boy Leo.

"As everyone knows, we tragically lost our first son, Luey Jacob Sharp, so the birth of Leo makes this special time for our family especially poignant.

"We would like to thank our family and friends for the support they have given us throughout Jade's pregnancy.

"We are thrilled to become parents and we welcome Leo into our world with lots of love and are looking forward to starting family life together with our son."

The Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation helps families affected by gastroschisis, an abdominal wall defect usually picked up by week 14 in pregnancy and the cause of which is still unknown.

Last year Sharp played for his then team Doncaster Rovers just days after losing his first son on October 29 last year.

He called his goal, two days later in the game against Middlesbrough, the most important of his career.

After scoring, Sharp lifted his Doncaster shirt to reveal a T-shirt which read: "That's for you, son,"

He tweeted after the team's 3-1 win:

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