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Sydney's Redmayne to miss AFC Champions League

Sydney: Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne will not travel with Sydney FC to Doha for the resumption of the club’s 2020 AFC Champions League campaign next week due to the impending birth of his first child.

Redmayne’s wife could give birth during the centralised competition in the Qatari capital, which kicks off on November 18, and the 31-year-old has decided to withdraw from the Sydney squad to ensure he is present at the birth.

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“It’s a difficult decision and it’s something I thought I would have relief from after making and coming to a mutual decision with the club, but I still feel kind of apprehensive and uptight over whether I have made the right decision or not,” he said.

“Everyone I speak to that has had a kid and their first child and been there to experience it said how much of a wonderful time it is and you can’t miss it for the world.

"So, with a little bit of doubt in my mind as to things going right or wrong, it’s a decision I think I have to make and I have to be here for my wife and support my family.”

Redmayne has been a key part of Steve Corica’s side as Sydney won back-to-back A-League Championships over the last two seasons and he was in goal in both of his team’s AFC Champions League matches so far this year.

After a 4-0 humbling at the hands of J.League champions Yokohama F Marinos in their opening game in February, Sydney bounced back to draw 2-2 with two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors two weeks later.

Corica’s team next face Shanghai SIPG in a demanding Group H but Redmayne will be cheering his teammates on from afar.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” he said. “It’s tough. It’s hard leaving the boys. I’m a team man.

“I love being around the boys, I love supporting the boys on and off the pitch, so it’s going to be hard missing out on some really good quality games."

"But there’s enough talent in the squad and enough leadership in the squad to do extremely well over there and I’m looking forward to supporting them from home.

“I think it’s going to be an amazing experience for them and one that I’m regretfully missing, but missing for a good reason.”

Photo: Sydney FC

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