The Imps winger Theo Archibald has today joined Leyton Orient on a season-long loan deal.
Archibald was only a bit-part player for the Imps last season, appearing 12 times and scoring once. Despite being tipped by me to be a big player in the coming season (as recently as the podcast released a minute ago), he will now be given a chance to impress in League Two with the O’s.
After months of speculation, the former Celtic youngster finally sealed a deal to join City in August. He was believed to be a little behind the rest of the squad in terms of fitness and was rarely seen in league action.
“For several reasons, Theo has had a stop-start last 18 months, and really needs to have an uninterrupted season of football,” said DoF Jez George. “This move gives him that opportunity at a club with real aspirations of promotion and a very experienced manager.”
He made his debut as a last-minute substitute in our 2-1 victory at MK Dons back in September, adding his first start for the club in the second fixture of our EFL Trophy group, scoring as we won 3-1 at Mansfield Town. He also started our final group game against Manchester City Under 21s, and both FA Cup matches, impressing as we beat Forest Green 6-2. He picked up an injury in December, playing for a couple of minutes as we beat Wigan 2-1 but missing the festive period and all of January.
Orient are managed by former Portsmouth manager Kenny JAckett, and they finished 11th in League Two last season, 12 points shy of the top seven.
We wish Theo all the best for the upcoming season and cannot express how disappointed we are to have been wrong about his Imps chances!