Bulgarian-born Ethan Havard insists Wigan is home as he has double fame in sight

THIS YEAR may be a case of Sofia, so good for Ethan Havard – but that’s where the story ends.

Because although he was born in the Bulgarian capital and came to the UK via Bath, he feels Wigan through and through.


Ethan Havard was born in Bulgaria but insists he is Wigan through and throughPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

The young striker’s background never ceases to amaze – parents Kieron and Clare met while working in telecommunications and nursing in Saudi Arabia and their first child was eventually born in Eastern Europe.

Although many people are interested, he doesn’t remember any of it, although “Why Wigan?” was asked once or twice.

Havard, 21, said: “Mum and Dad worked there at the time.

“When Mom met Dad he already had a job out there so she decided to go with him. They actually met in Saudi Arabia and then moved back to England, Ireland and then Bulgaria.

“I said to them: ‘After visiting all these countries, have you returned to Wigan?’

“We moved to the city when I was three so I don’t remember anything from Sofia or Bath, all my memories are in Wigan.

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“My place of birth is definitely something that people wouldn’t expect and while it’s probably an interesting fact about me, I’m English.

“For me I am Wigan through and through, just like my father.”

Wigan are second in the Super League and have a semi-final at home after a week’s break while the Catalans play the kids.

Manager Matt Peet completed his rotation at Hull KR on Monday and he believes Steve McNamara’s decision was down to insane scheduling of three games in eight days.

Havard is aiming for a double win with Wigan after helping them to the Challenge Cup


Havard is aiming for a double win with Wigan after helping them to the Challenge CupPhoto credit: SWPIX.COM

But it can have benefits in the long run, we can see a star of the future getting blood.

He said while awaiting another specialist’s verdict on Liam Farrell’s knee injury: “It’s really a bit of common sense and planning, after the way they attacked last weekend.

“I can’t blame them. We took that opportunity on Monday and it’s just good planning on behalf of the Catalans.

“Bleeding youngsters are certainly an advantage. There may be someone on their team that we don’t know who will be at their best, that’s one of their threats.

“But we just don’t mention them. It’s about focusing on ourselves.”

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