Following his impressive U23s debut against Sheffield United on Monday evening, Ethan Erhahon is aiming to go one better and secure his first Barnsley win on Friday afternoon.
The young Reds entertain Hull City at the Oakwell Training Ground looking to build on their 1-1 draw in the South Yorkshire derby.
“It was good,” said Erhahon. “I’ve not played in a while, to be fair, so it was good to get out there, get the legs going and get a full 90 minutes under my belt.
“Sheffield United were better than what I thought; they were physical and, like us, had a young team. We were unlucky to concede the own goal in the last four minutes and we also hit the post twice, we had a couple of chances that we should have put away too, but it wasn’t to be.”
Versatile youngster, Erhahon, arrived at Oakwell in January with experience of playing at the top level in Scotland as he featured 29 times for St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League.
He put in a composed performance in holding midfield against the Blades at the Proact Stadium, exuding a calmness in possession and breaking up play to allow Barnsley to counter-attack.
“Having over 25 first team games under my belt when I was 17 has really helped me and given me a sort of composure that I don’t really feel pressure in games now; I feel comfortable now,” continued the Scotland youth international.
“I played all of my first team games at left-back, but I don’t mind where I play – I can do a job at left-back, midfield and also play a bit further forward in midfield.”
Ahead of our Professional Development League clash with Hull, Erhahon is confident that his new side can pick up three points.
Barnsley are unbeaten in their last three meetings with the Tigers and victory on Friday could see Martin Devaney’s side climb to sixth in the table.
“I’m looking forward to it,” asserted Erhahon. “Hull will be a decent side and pose a different challenge to Sheffield United in the way that they play and move the ball about, but we’ve prepared well for it.
“We’re confident of a win and we’ve been told that, if we do, we get the weekend off, so a few of us will be heading back home – myself included!”
You can find out how the young Reds fare by attending the game at the Oakwell Training Ground for FREE, kick-off at 2pm.
Alternatively, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.
Any supporters wishing to attend this game are politely reminded not to park on Grove Street, but to park in the CK Beckett South Stand car park.