We are delighted to announce the signing of Scotland Under 21 international, Theo Archibald.
The pacey 22-year-old is City’s ninth addition of the summer to date and bolsters the attacking options in midfield for The Imps.
Theo started his career with Glasgow Celtic, making numerous appearances for their youth setup including featuring in the UEFA Youth League before heading south to Championship side, Brentford. He made three appearances early into his spell with The Bees, impressing so much that he was called up to make his Scotland Under 21 debut, coming on as a substitute against Holland and helping them to a 2-1 win.
The following summer, Theo looked to extend his experience further by joining Forest Green Rovers on loan and during his time at The New Lawn, he racked up over 20 appearances in the colours of Rovers and he also made his mark scoring a memorable strike, as his last-minute effort speared into the net from distance to earn his side three points against Northampton Town.
Following the expiry of his contract with Brentford, Theo decided to make a permanent switch to Macclesfield Town where he featured 33 times and scored six goals in the process in League Two. Following a successful season in League Two, Theo set his sights on stepping up and had his eye on a move to The Imps after a conversation with Michael Appleton and Jez George and although getting the move over the line has taken a while, he’s fully appreciative of the opportunity.
“There’s been an extended wait with everything that’s going on in the world but I’m absolutely delighted to be here now.” Theo said.
“It’s exciting, there’s a lot of young players in the squad. When I spoke to the gaffer and when I spoke to Jez, there was a plan for me. It felt like they wanted me and had a plan for me and for a young player that’s exactly what you want.
“It’s a great club to be at and it always felt right, it’s been on my mind, I hoped to become an Imp one day. Here I finally am and I’m looking forward to getting going.”
Imps’ manager Michael Appleton is looking forward to working closer with the young Scotsman, who he says will add a different dimension to the options at his disposal.
“Theo is going to give us balance in the wide areas, with him being left footed. He’s someone who is very direct and is always looking to go past people.”