‘We’ve had a shocker’, ‘Big future’ – These Colchester fans react as 23-y/o joins Lincoln City

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.

 

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