Ethan Havard speaks to Wigan TV after making his Wigan Warriors debut.
Young prop forward came off the bench in the second half against Wakefield Trinity on Thursday night.
- Havard: “It was surreal. You can hear the crowd shouting and it gets behind you and gets you up for the game.”
After making his professional debut for Wigan Warriors on Thursday, Ethan Havard has described this past week as ‘emotional’.
The 6ft 3 18-year-old came off the bench in the 47th-minute against Wakefield Trinity and went on to play 26 minutes in the second half at the DW Stadium.
And for Havard it was a moment to remember as he represented his hometown Club for the first time and helped the Warriors to a 46-16 win.
Speaking to Wigan TV after the game, he said: “It’s been an emotional week. I found out on Wednesday morning (that he would be playing) and I was surprised to be honest.
“My dad said a few good words (in the changing rooms before kick-off) and it really got me up for the game - it meant a lot.”
After playing 35 times in the past two seasons for Wigan’s Under-19s side, the prop forward spoke about how he kept his nerves under control.
“I’m always relaxed for games. I deal with nerves pretty well. Even on Thursday I felt pretty calm. When I ran on, I just thought this is what I’ve been doing all my life and now I need to try to take the opportunity.
“It was surreal. You can hear the crowd shouting and it gets behind you and gets you up for the game.”
You can watch the rest of the interview with Ethan on Wigan TV as he talks more about the lead up to his senior bow, the game itself and the experience of banging the drum during the post-match celebrations.
🥁 After making his debut for the Club, @ethanhavard7 takes to the drum!— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) July 18, 2019
😮 31st player to play for @WiganWarriorsRL this season
👊 8th debutant this year
🏡 5th homegrown player to make his debut in 2019
🕺 *Watch for @zakhardaker1 in the top right corner at the end...* pic.twitter.com/mbo0fQdvpJ