Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs halfback Lachlan Lewis admits he is losing sleep but it’s not from stressing over getting back into the first-grade side.
After being on baby watch for several weeks, Lewis and partner Stephanie welcomed their first child into the world last week – Pia Rose.
“Sleep’s a bit rocked,” Lewis admits.
Rest may be a rare treat but don’t think for a second that will stop the 22-year old who has been well and truly struck by baby fever.
“I want to have kids and I want to have plenty of them,” he laughs.
“It’s the best thing in the world.
“We were in hospital for about a week, there was a little bit of a complication but it was something special.”
Lewis says that the baby dramas have been a welcome distraction after losing his spot in the Bulldogs NRL team.
“Absolutely, it’s good timing,” he says.
“The last few weeks have all been about the baby and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
The young halfback looked anything but distracted as he starred for Canterbury-Bankstown in their 52-22 thrashing of the ladder-leading Mounties.
Lewis led from the front, scoring a solo try and having a hand in four others.
“I wanted to come down here and enjoy it, compete, get a win and take the line on,” he says.
“We had some joy today creating space on the outside, it was good.”
He combined well with fellow NRL teammate Kerrod Holland, putting the centre in space on two occasions with both ending in tries.
While his ballplaying skills have never been questioned, the challenge now is for Lewis to prove to head coach Dean Pay that he can also consistently get the fundamentals right.
A challenge his willing to accept.
“Dean told me I need to cut out my errors and fix up my defence,” he says.
“I’ll do that and hopefully get picked back in the first-grade side.”