Lincoln City added 23-year-old goalkeeper Ethan Ross to their ranks yesterday, after the talented stopper turned down a new contract offer from Colchester United, as reported by their official site.
The Imps have been without a keeper since releasing Josh Vickers and Grant Smith back in May, but have moved for the former Arsenal youth as part of the remodelling under Michael Appleton.
6ft 5in Ross began his youth career progressing through the ranks at Arsenal and Cambridge United, before joining West Bromwich Albion. During his time with the Baggies, he had time with both Redditch and Worcester on loan, playing in excess of 50 senior matches.
Following his spell at the Hawthorns, Ethan joined Colchester United in 2018, making his professional debut in a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town following a successful spell at Maidstone United . He made his full debut the week after, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win against MK Dons.
On his joining Lincoln, Ross said: “I’m over the moon, once I found there was interest from Lincoln, I was really excited to see what that beheld.
“I felt like a fresh start was something I needed and jumped at the opportunity straight away, it’s a step up in league and a new challenge which is something I really wanted. I’m looking forward to kicking on and working really hard across the season and seeing where it takes me and the team.”
He confirmed that manager Michael Appleton is still looking for a second keeper after penning his one-year deal.
“I’m fully aware that I won’t be the only goalkeeper at the club and I know they’re not going to bring someone in who doesn’t want to play football. I know I’m going to have to compete and fight every day. When you work with good people you can bounce off each other and learn from each other, so I’m really excited to get going and see where it takes me.”
Colchester later confirmed that, despite releasing a number of senior players this summer, they had offered Ross a new deal, which he had turned down in favour of the move. That prompted fans of both clubs to comment on the keeper and his future prospects.
Didn’t get much game time but when he played he played well
— Sunday league keeper (@jgrantham18) July 24, 2020
Really? For me Gerken should have gone as @Ethan1Ross is the better keeper, in all aspects of his play much more commanding in the area and should have got much more game time whilst he was with us, good luck in the future Ethan 👊🏻
— Craig Bannock (@craigieban1) July 24, 2020
Good luck to him. He’s clearly got a very good future! Was expecting him to naturally take over from Gerken. Big shame. Our loss is LCFC’s gain. We clearly know that as we tried to offer him a deal to stay. We wish him every success! 💙
— Ryan Morrison (@rMorrison1986) July 25, 2020
Should've got rid of Gerks and his bigger wages, and kept him for longer on less money as the no1
— Kevin Barnes (@sarboy22) July 24, 2020
If he was under contract its not that simple shame for Ross it beggars belief that he was third choice behind the two clowns season before last until it was too late
— Ben Harrison (@B_Harrison2101) July 24, 2020
He should of been our number 1 keeper next season. What a shame. Good luck @Ethan1Ross
— Simon Clark (@simeone26) July 24, 2020
We’ve had a shocker there. Can’t blame him when a better club comes knocking and we wont give him game time over a 35 year old Dean Gerkin. Best of luck Ethan
— thomas (@supateejay) July 24, 2020