Ettien spent his early career in France with Balma, Cugnaux and Lyon.
He signed for Scottish club Hamilton Academical in August 2008, making his debut for the club in September 2008. In total he made 8 appearances for Hamilton in all competitions, scoring one goal. He moved on loan to Brechin City in January 2009, scoring 4 goals in 14 League appearances for them. Ettien was released from his contract with Hamilton in 2009.