Mitchell Aubusson is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first child.
Mitchell Aubusson is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first child.

Mitchell Aubusson has been checking his phone an awful lot lately.

When the Sydney Roosters utility receives a text, it's usually a sign he can continue about his day.

A call, on the other hand, could herald a dash to hospital to help his heavily pregnant wife Laura through labour.

"We're expecting our first child any minute now so the phone is on," Aubusson said.

"I just got a text about the veggies tonight for dinner, but if it's a phone call I'll be racing.

"I can't wait, just hopefully it doesn't come before the game."

Should the couple's new arrival stay put before the due date next Monday, Laura will be at Allianz Stadium on Friday night to watch her husband play Newcastle.

Fittingly, her name will be emblazoned on Aubusson's jersey as part of the NRL's women in league round, when each player acknowledges the most influential woman in their life on their matchday strip.

He said coach Trent Robinson understood where his priorities lie should the baby come just before or during the game.

"I'll be playing until I get the phone call," he said.

"She'll be here so who knows, we might both be leaving here early.

"She's my main priority, but let's hope it doesn't come down to that.

"I spoke to Robo about it. He's obviously a family man himself and he knows how important this is for myself and my wife so he's really supportive."

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