Theo Archibald became another exciting addition to the Macclesfield Town squad ahead of the new season, signing on a one-year deal. Following the move Theo was pleased to get the deal done.
“I’m happy to be here. Just looking forward to the season starting, and glad I got it over the line before the first game of the season.”
The former Brentford player trained with the squad before sealing the switch, and the team spirit he encountered along with the opportunity of regular first team football were both factors that attracted him to Macc.
“It’s hopefully a platform to play. I know last year had some difficulties on the pitch, but this year there seems to be a buzz around the place. It’s professionalism from the start - I trained with everybody for a couple of days a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed it. Good squad, positive outlook on things and hopefully a good season coming up.
“There does seem to be a good camaraderie in the group - I saw that straight away. It’s just the kind of place you want to be. It’s hopefully going to be a positive season for me personally, for the team and for the club.”
The Scotsman went on to fill us in on his career to date, which includes representing his country up to under 21 level.
“It started at Celtic. I came up through the academy and then got to about under 20s and just didn’t see a window of opportunity there.
“I moved down to Brentford two summers ago, which was good, but again there wasn’t quite that pathway for me to break in regularly.
“I went on loan last season to Forest Green and enjoyed it. Now hopefully this season signing on a permanent basis will be a good platform to play more games and get some experience under my belt.”
“I represented Scotland up until under 21 level, although I’ve not been involved for a little while. It’s always nice to play for your country when selected and it gives you a different experience - you play abroad quite a lot, you play against different types of players and different styles.”
“Hopefully this season will be my first full season of men’s football and I earn the right to play.”
With the young winger hoping to cement a starting place, we asked Theo what he hopes to bring to the side.
“I would say I’m energetic, I work hard for the team. I like to think I’m quite fast, which can help playing on the wing. I’ll give it my all and hopefully provide assists and pop up with the odd goal here and there as well.”
A trip to Exeter City is on the horizon in the opening encounter of the season and the new signing is hopeful when it comes to what The Silkmen can achieve this year.
“I don’t think there’s a boundary. People might write you off after last season but there seems to be a far more positive atmosphere about the place. I don’t think there’s necessarily a target but game by game keep breaking barriers, try and win as many games as possible and see where it takes you.
“First game of the season is always nice. I think pre-season everyone is looking forward to getting into the swing of things. It’s strange actually. You’re playing in friendly games and then all of a sudden there’s 3 points on the line.
“I think everyone’s ready, everyone’s looking forward and hopefully we’ll get a good result.”
by Tom Rowbotham