Our new #9

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are delighted to announce the signing of 21-year-old striker Ethan Johnston from Southern League Premier Central side St. Ives Town.

Ethan began his career with Northampton Town, progressing through their youth system to earn a professional contract in February 2020. Brief loan moves to Redditch United and Kettering Town followed before his release by The Cobblers 18 months later.

Ethan then joined Banbury United and featured for The Puritans during the first half of their impressive 2021/22 promotion season, scoring 5 times in 17 appearances. Midway through that season, Johnston switched to St. Ives Town, where he has remained for the past 18 months with the exception of a brief spell at Northern Premier League Division One Midlands side Harborough Town sandwiched in-between.

Diamonds fans will be thrilled to hear that Ethan is Rushden born and bred and lives so close to Hayden Road he could walk to games! Manager Chris Nunn was understandably delighted to get his first ‘new’ signing of the summer across the line: “Ethan’s exactly the sort of player I’m looking to attract to the Club. He’s local, very local in fact and he’s got a point to prove. I knew he wasn’t getting a lot of game time at St. Ives and he’s at an age now where he needs to kick on. It’s like a singer, if you’re not on stage singing, nobody’s going to know if you’ve got a voice. I’m sure he’ll thrive for us this season with the environment we’re looking to create here.”

Ethan spoke to AFCRDTV following his decision to join the Club and had this to say: “I’m happy to get the deal done early so I can focus on getting ready for the season. It’s a local club, I live just around the corner and what Chris has got planned here is exciting. I’m a number 9, I like to run in behind and I’d describe myself as a poacher really. I know there’s a lot of people that come to watch our games and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

We will shortly be re-opening player sponsorship for the new season and more details will be announced on this in due course. If you would like to sponsor or reserve a player for sponsorship, please contact Alex Raspin: alex.raspin@afc-diamonds.com.