KEANU Marsh-Brown is hoping to fire Newport County AFC to the League Two play-offs next month but the imminent birth of his first child means he could miss the semi-finals if the Exiles get there.

It’s been a great couple of weeks for the winger, who made his international debut on March 23 and helped Guyana qualify for the Gold Cup.

Marsh-Brown followed that up by scoring his first goal for County in the 3-1 win at Yeovil Town last Saturday.

That victory means the Exiles are11th in the table going into tomorrow’s home clash with fifth-placed Tranmere Rovers, six points below the top-seven with at least one game in hand over all the teams above them.

The regular League Two season ends on May 4, when County go to Morecambe, and the Marsh-Brown baby is due on May 15 – when Michael Flynn’s men could be in action in the second leg of a play-off semi-final.

Goalkeeper Joe Day famously missed the birth of his twins to play in the FA Cup win over Middlesbrough in February, but Marsh-Brown wants to be present for the arrival of his first child.

The 26-year-old told the Exiles matchday programme: “This is the most exciting year of my life.

“It’s no secret that 2018 was difficult with being injured, trying to get back fit and being in and out of the team.

“If someone told me four months ago that in 2019, I’d go to the Gold Cup and have my first child – I’d have said no chance.

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“God works in mysterious ways and I’m grateful to be blessed with this gift. I’m a catholic, I do believe in God and I always think God has a plan for everyone and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.

“Myself and my partner Natasha are expecting a baby daughter on May 15, but secretly we’re hoping she comes in the first week of May so I won’t have to miss the play-off semi-finals if we get there.

“Natasha is my world,” he added. “We got engaged on Christmas Day and she really is my backbone and gives me all the love and support I need.

“We’re bringing a beautiful child into the world soon and I’m really looking forward to all these special moments with her.”

Marsh-Brown also revealed that he played a big part in persuading Ade Azeez to join the club from Cambridge United in January.

"We knew each other from when we were at Dover Athletic last season and we’ve got lots of mutual friends," he said.

“I’ll take credit for Ade joining the club in January.

“He did ask me about it before he made his decision and I told him it would be a good move – so there could be an ‘Agent KMB’ definitely.

“In general, it’s just a great environment to be around all the boys. We’re a young team so everything is positive and there’s a good vibe around the place.”

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