Cue the father-son draft jokes.
West Coast premiership forward Jamie Cripps and his partner Olivia have welcomed a baby boy into the world.
The couple shared the happy snap on social media on Thursday afternoon, confirming the healthy arrival of the their first-born, Reif, who was born yesterday.
Cripps made a late dash home from the Eagles’ hub in Queensland on the eve of their clash against Richmond due to ‘things moving quicker than expected’.
Olivia was not due until October, but was induced this week, ensuring Cripps would be available for West Coast’s first week of finals.
The 28-year-old had just finished his compulsory 14-day home quarantine period, meaning he could be present at the birth.
“Welcome to the world baby Reif,” he shared on Instagram.
“Liv you are amazing.”
New mum Olivia added: “We are so obsessed with you already baby boy!!”
The small forward will link up with his teammates once they return from Queensland tomorrow morning.
“He’ll live under the same home quarantine restrictions that we are under from next Friday (tomorrow),” West Coast general manager of football Craig Vozzo said last week.
“Everything is going well for them. It’s their first birth so everything is always more sensitive but there’s no drama at all.”
Hailing from Northampton, Cripps has played 176 career games and is a certainty in his side’s best 22.
Cripps’ return is another boost for the 2018 premiers, who will likely welcome back captain Luke Shuey in the same match, as well as fellow midfielder Elliot Yeo.
Vice-captain Jeremy McGovern remains on track for the second week of finals after sustaining a 3-4 week hamstring injury last Thursday against St Kilda.
Meanwhile Dom Sheed will return for the Eagles in tonight’s clash against North Melbourne.