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Evans Enjoys Lockdown Silver Lining

New father has welcomed extra time with his family

1 June 2020

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Gareth Evans
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After weeks of being cooped up indoors, the gradual relaxation of lockdown rules will be welcomed by many.

Football was one of many industries hugely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the season grinding to a halt back in March.

For players and fans alike, there has been a frustrating wait to learn how the campaign will be concluded.

But having to spend a number of weeks at home was not all bad news for one member of the Pompey squad.

It allowed Gareth Evans extra time to bond with son Atlas, who entered the world during the lockdown.

The midfielder said: “I’ve had a lot of time with my wife and newborn child, so that’s certainly been a major positive for me personally.

“It’s been great – I’m loving it. Atlas is as good as gold and we’re really lucky. It’s been really nice to have so much time with him.

"It’s been like an extended paternity leave and that’s given me the chance to get to know him really well."

Gareth Evans

“If the season had continued like it was supposed to, then I wouldn’t have had anywhere near that amount.

“It’s been like an extended paternity leave and that’s given me the chance to get to know him really well.

“He’s not waking up at three in the morning and screaming the house down. He has his feed and then goes back down.”

With organised training sessions yet to resume for League One clubs, players have been doing their best to stay in shape.

Evans said: “We’ve been keeping ourselves ticking over fitness wise. It’s a little bit testing when you don’t have access to a gym, but everyone’s doing their best.

“It’s going to be difficult to go straight back into it and you’re going to need a few weeks to prepare for matches.

“There won’t be a series of practice games like you would have in pre-season – you’ll be thrown straight into competitive fixtures.”

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