JON VAN WAGENEN - Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Ian Etherington has joined Supperettan club Ljungskile for a two week trial at the recommendation of a former LSK player, friend and fellow Notre Dame Alum Ryan Miller.
Miller, who recently signed with Halmstad, played a key role in linking the player to the western Swedish club according to the Temecula, California native.
"He would always call me and tell me how much he enjoyed playing here," Etherington recently told YA.
"We were training together before he left and he knew that I was still interested in playing and he knew my history of trials oversees with Aberdeen, Coventry and Morcambe and how they went well, but it was just at a level that was way too high for me to be starting at."
So Miller put Etherington in contact with sport director Lennart Johansson. After exchanging emails, they agreed on a two week trial, which started January 7th.
Ljungskile has shown a willingness in recent years to bring in American players including Miller, Etchu Tabe, Sam Brill, Collin Burns and recently inked goalkeeper Nick Noble.
The 24 year old Golden State resident is now aiming to add his name to the ever-growing list of yanks who have represented the club.
"The players and staff are very friendly and welcoming. I hope I will be able to impress the staff and join Ljungskile for the 2010 year," Ethrington added.
Etherington, who played with Notre Dame from 2002 to 2006, will be competing with several others, including Jonathan Borrajo a recent George Mason Alumn and former USL-2 player for a roster spot. Borrajo started training this week.