Former West Brom goalkeeper Ethan Ross has described his time at the Hawthorns as the happiest time of his career so far in an interview with Lincoln City fansite The Stacey West.
The 23-year-old is currently reserve keeper at the LNER Stadium, watching on as the Imps sit atop of the League One table. He joined Michael Appleton’s side in the summer after leaving Colchester United and had spells with Arsenal and Cambridge United as a youth. After leaving the Gunners, he wound up at West Brom, a period of his life he talks about in glowing terms.
“Like a lot of young players, I ended up being released (from Arsenal) and started looking for a new club,” he told the site. “In the January, I moved to West Brom and that was probably the best time of my career so far. I really enjoyed working with the coaches at West Brom, although we had a lot of managers during my stay there, I think we had nine all in.
“They all had different styles and I worked with a lot of different goalkeeping coaches, Mark Naylor and Jonathan Gould were fantastic for me and really good people, they brought the best out of me.”
“I felt in a privileged position to be at West Brom and work with international goalkeepers like Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill every day. I’d say that is when I learned the most about what it takes to be an effective goalkeeper. Obviously, I worked with Palms (on loan keeper Alex Palmer) as well in that time, I’ve known him ages and we get along really well.”
During his time at West Brom, Ross enjoyed loan spells with Worcester City and Redditch, before joining Colchester United, where he made eight senior appearances, as well as spending a short time with Maidstone. He has appeared once for the Imps so far, in a 3-1 victory over Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy.
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Ross played all of the Imps’ pre-season fixtures, impressing with some solid displays. Whilst Palmer has taken the number one jersey, for now, Ross will be pushing him all the way and is likely to feature in EFL Trophy matches, and in the event of injury or suspension.
He has certainly had a good upbringing, spending for years as a youth with Arsenal as well as his Baggies stint, and that will stand him in good stead over the coming years as he looks to become an established number one at the LNER Stadium