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Soccer star McClean to become a father


James McClean

James McClean

James McClean

SOCCER star James McClean is celebrating after revealing that his fiancee is expecting their first child.

The outspoken Ireland winger is set to turn over a new leaf as he and fiancee Erin Connor prepare for the birth.

The Derry native (23) proposed to Ms Connor, a nursing student at Northumbria University, last Christmas, and the pair are expecting their first baby at the end of the year.

A source close to the couple described them as "overjoyed" with the news.



McClean has made headlines on the pitch since his move to Sunderland in August 2011, but his off-field antics saw him in the firing line.

He's known for his regular Twitter rants which have led to a number of run-ins with both fans and managers alike.

He received death threats last November when he refused to wear a poppy on his jersey on Remembrance Sunday. Earlier this month, McClean said he feels he is maturing.

"Martin O'Neill and the manager (Giovanni Trapattoni) have had a word in the past. I feel a bit bad now because I haven't been the easiest," he said.

"But I take that on board and I think I have matured a bit."