The Wigan Warriors have a very promising front-rower on their books in Bulgarian born Ethan Havard.
Since moving to England before his first birthday Havard has returned to Bulgaria on multiple occasions, but in terms of his representative future is sticking true to the red and white of England.
“I’ve been back a number of times skiing, my family have an apartment over there, there are some amazing places and the food is great,” Havard told Everything Rugby League.
“I’ve never thought of representing Bulgaria, hopefully I get the chance to represent England throughout my career.”
After spending much of his younger years in the Wigan Warriors system, the 19-year-old earned himself a place in the club’s youth academy, an achievement he was very proud of.
Havard would develop his game for three and a half seasons in the youth side, winning two Academy Grand Finals.
He would make his Super League debut for the Warriors against Wakefield Trinity in July of 2019.
The Riversiders won the match 46-16.
Since then the prop forward has become a regular name on the team sheet, primarily coming off the bench in 2020, and like all other athletes has had to adapt his training regime as a result of the Super League season being suspended.
“I’m very self motivated so even though it’s been different being away from team mates, I’ve been focused on my strength and cardio training and kept mentally strong.
“I’ve mixed up my training, as well as weights I have been doing running, cycling and hill sprints.”
With a season restart set for the beginning of August, Havard is most looking forward to a fixture that the Wigan faithful hold in the highest esteem.
“I’m really looking forward to playing my first Wigan vs Saints derby, in particular playing against James Graham, a player that I’ve watched and respected from an early age.”
The way things are going when the derby is played this year, it will likely be a case of the defending champions St Helens against the top of the table Warriors, due to Wigan’s superb start to the season.
Havard believes the mid season break will have little to no impact of his side’s form, as the Warriors are hellbent on reclaiming the Super League title.
“We had a fantastic start to the season, I think we’ll definitely carry on the form we had before the break, the lads are buzzing to get back playing for the silverware at the end of the year.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there and getting more game time under my belt. I would love to be involved in a game like the grand final at the end of the season.”