Brisbane Roar star welcomes newborn cub Billy to the family

English-born Brisbane Roar defender Jack Hingert is living his best life on the couch – “taking on night shifts” with newborn son Billy while enjoying every moment of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Happily changing nappies and tending to baby Billy, Mr Hingert, 32, said being glued to the television with their baby boy was a good opportunity to give wife Symeon Leslie, 31, time to rest. 

“I can’t complain, I get time to spend with Billy and enjoy watching football at the same time. Symeon can catch up on some sleep too,” Mr Hingert said.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Mr Hingert and baby Billy cheered on the Socceroos from their Murarrie loungeroom.

The first-time parents welcomed Billy at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane on November 11, weighing 4.1kg. One in every five Queensland babies are born at Mater.

Describing his son as a “big boy”, Mr Hingert said Billy measured in the 99th percentile throughout his partner’s pregnancy. 

Mr Hingert, who has won two A-League Championships at the Roar, hopes his son will one day follow in his footsteps.

“I would love him to play football and I’d love to teach him as much about the game as I can,” he said.

Mr Hingert, who launched a side hustle with fellow soccer player Isaka Cernak selling gender-neutral nappy bags aimed at dads on baby duties, said he could now experience his own product first-hand.

“I’ve been giving the One Nine nappy bags a go, especially on my outings to local coffee shops and on walks with Billy,” he said.

“They’re definitely very practical. I like that I can now tell customers about my own experience using these bags.”

Enjoying their time at home together as a family of three, the sportsman said Billy was “eating and sleeping well” and soaking up every moment with his newborn.


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