GLASGOW captain Chris Harris will ditch any further paternity leave to make his debut on Friday night at Edinburgh.
The Allied Vehicles Tigers’ talisman got the call on Friday late afternoon that his wife Emma-Louise had gone into labour a month early after a troublesome pregnancy.
Former Grand Prix winner Harris, 35, then had to pull-out of Glasgow’s opening clash with Edinburgh before a torrid dash back to the midlands in a van losing power.
He revealed: “It’s a big relief that everything is OK and Amara-Mae was born at 3am. But it was a stressful day all round.
“It’s been a hard pregnancy for the missus. The baby tried to be born at 27 weeks but thankfully managed to hold on for another 10 weeks, it’s been stressful to say the least. We’ve been to hell and back really.
“Emma-Louise had hospital check-ups twice a week. She went in on Thursday while I was at the Glasgow press day and then called to say they want another check on Friday.
“Then late afternoon on Friday, with us due to race that night, I got a call saying she was in labour. So it was jump in the van and get back to the midlands as soon as possible
“However I had further problems with the van losing power. It was OK cruising at 70mph but lost all power going up hills. So I was panicking like I wasn’t going to make it, shouting at the van going up hills!
“It was a bit like an American Hollywood movie scene but luckily it had a happy ending too with Amara-Mae born a few hours after I got back.”
Harris missed Glasgow’s narrow Scottish Cup first leg 10-point win over Edinburgh at Ashfield on Friday night – but has ditched any plans for a longer paternity leave to race at Armadale in the return this Friday.
He added: “I heard rumours that Edinburgh hoped I would take a fortnight off with paternity leave, no chance. I’ve had a week with the family and now I’ll be back, I have a job to do.
“I asked for text messages with the score after every four heats from Ashfield, so I was checking them in hospital. I’ve got to say a big thanks to the boys for getting such a good result.
“I was gutted to miss the opening meeting but family comes first and the management and riders of Glasgow were very supportive and that means a lot. They even took a great picture with a Cornish flag at Ashfield to say they were thinking of us, that was nice.
“We have a really good spirit at Glasgow and I’m looking forward to getting on the bike and racing at Edinburgh.
“I have the chance to pick up a trophy on my debut racing for Glasgow as captain so that would be great. But it’s going to be a tough meeting for us.
“I’m a winner though, I hate losing. We are not going there to defend a 10-point lead, we are going to win. For me this tie is now starting at nil-nil, we go to win. We have a side capable of that.”