St Mirren talent Ethan Erhahon put in a solid performance as he played a game for the first time in nearly a month.
The 19-year-old midfielder was one of the bright sparks for St Mirren as they picked up a point after a 0-0 draw with Dundee United at the SMISA Stadium.
The Buddies squad have been sidelined since early October with an influx of positive COVID-19 tests among the first team players. Erhahon was one of those tests and he says it’s been difficult for him and his teammates to adjust to periods of self-isolation.
Speaking after the match against Dundee United, Erhahon said: “It’s great to be back playing. I was enjoying my football before we had that long break, so it’s good to get going again and hopefully after this result the wins will start coming soon.
“It’s been tough for the lads these last few weeks, having to isolate, not getting to train or to play and you could tell by the last 20 out there that some of them were knackered, but we got through it and all things considered it was a good point.
“I was one of the ones who tested positive, though thankfully I was asymptomatic. But it still meant 10 days without leaving the house, which is the worst thing I can think of. All I seemed to do was play on the PlayStation and it felt like a long time.
“Then I was allowed out and managed to get some proper exercise done, but next thing we were back in isolation again when another couple of the lads tested positive and the club was hit with a public health order. That was really unlucky for everyone and it set us all back. It’s not been an easy time.”
It hasn’t been straightforward for Erhahon on the pitch either. Drafted into the first-team squad at left-back, manager Jim Goodwin has now transitioned him into midfield, a position Erhahon says he’s happier to play.
On whether he prefers left-back or midfield he said: “I can’t complain about playing left-back, because I had nearly 30 first-team games there at the top level and the experience that gave me was invaluable.
“Sometimes as a midfielder I’ll get dragged out wide anyway, so having played out there helps. But there’s no doubt I’m more comfortable in the middle.
“I’ve played in there for Scotland since I was 15 and it’s a position that’s kind of ingrained in me, as opposed to learning how to play left-back on the job.”