Macclesfield Town attacker Theo Archibald has left the ailing League Two club with immediate effect.
Archibald, who had been linked with a move to the Imps at the beginning of the pandemic, began his career with Celtic and also appeared for Brentford and Forest Green. He signed for Macclesfield at the start of the season, but has now left Moss Rose.
Their club statement said: “Macclesfield Town can confirm that Theo Archibald has left the club with immediate effect. After Theo advised the Club of his intention to leave the Moss Rose, procedures to cancel his contract were duly followed.
“We have subsequently been advised that this process has now been completed and ratified by all the relevant bodies. We would like to thank Theo for all his efforts during his time with us and wish him every success in his future career.”
It was the 22nd of March when a national rag suggested Archibald had asked to leave Macclesfield, with us poised to make a move. He began his career at Celtic but didn’t appear for the Hoops, instead spending time on loan with Albion Rovers, playing 14 times for them in 2016/17.
He was snapped up by Championship side Brentford, but only made a couple of appearances for them during his time in West London, although he did score one in 21 outings on loan at Forest Green and impressed against us. At the end of his Griffin Park deal, Sol Campbell signed him up for Macclesfield, who have been struggling to pay his wages ever since.
He’s bagged six in 33 outings for them this season and has drawn plenty of praise from observers, including HITC. He’s a traditional winger, left-footed and delivers on average 3.97 crosses per game for the Silkmen, but only has one assist this season.
Whilst signing new players is likely to be a long way down the list of priorities right now, City do have a number of players out of contract and whilst focusing on survival is key, could it be that Theo Archibald is a potential target for us when the pandemic clears?