Lincoln City's Ethan Erhahon

Lincoln City midfielder Ethan Erhahon has been an every-present this season. He is joint-second on the club’s seasonal appearance makers, and only second to goalkeeper Lukas Jensen in terms of on-field minutes.

The 22-year-old Scot joined from home-country Premier League side St. Mirren in January 2023, and has became an integral part of the Imps’ midfield core ever since.

Erhahon has featured in 92% of the minutes Lincoln have played in during league games this season.

He said: “It’s a bit different to Scotland now, if I play the last two games I’ll be at 50 games, and I’ve never reached that before. In Scotland you play 30 odd including cups as well, so I think it’s something I’ve adapted to. Obviously I played 19 games last season in a short space of time, and even that is more than you would have in Scotland.”

“I think it’s something I’ve adapted to well this season, I feel fitter than ever, leaner than ever. So, I look forward to playing more hopefully,” Erhahon added.

Two more appearances, in City’s last two outings this term (in the regular season), will bring the midfielder to 50 appearances for the campaign. It will be the first time Erhahon has reached that milestone during a season.

A mix of midfield partners:

Erhhaon has remained fit when his midfield partners have been struck by the injury curse that has enveloped Lincoln for much of the season. The defensive-midfielder reflected on what it has been like to play alongside a variety of names.

“I think we all bring the best out of each other no matter who you play with. We’ve got a real good five or six centre-mids that are all good at something different, so I think we all compliment each other well. We all bring the best out of each other, and that’s obviously what we try to do,” he said.

Erhahon created a strong partnership with fellow Scot Ethan Hamilton, but has also played alongside Ted Bishop, Charlton Athletic-loanee Conor McGrandles, January recruit Jack Moylan and Danny Mandroiu.

He said: “We try to help each other. If I’m stronger at one part than Danny, I’ll try to him him. I think we’ve done well in there no matter what combination it’s been in, we just want to continue with that.”

“When I’m playing with Ethan Hamilton or Conor McGrandles there’s probably a bit more solidity at the back of the midfield, but maybe me being the only natural defensive midfielder puts more emphasis on the defensive side of the game. It’s nice to actually have two boys in there ahead of you who have that freedom to go and do whatever they want, while you hold the fort at the back,” the Imps midfielder added.

Up next… Cheltenham Town:

Michael Skubala described Cheltenham Town as a “tough” challenge, as his side look to stay in the fight for the SkyBet League One top six.

Erhahon agreed that the game is no walkover, instead expecting an exciting back-and-forth. He said: “I’ve seen they have a good result against Burton on Tuesday as well, they will be followed by a massive home support on Saturday. And, obviously we’ll have a massive away support as well. It’s going to be a really good game, exciting, two teams looking to make a game of it.”

Lincoln could lift themselves into the play-off places with a win, if Oxford United slip up against Stevenage in front of the TV cameras on Friday night.