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Theo Archibald can't wait to get going next season

Young Scottish winger gives his thoughts to iFollow after B Team debut

19 May 2017

Theo Archibald will officially join Brentford next month, having already played his first game in red and white stripes. The 19-year-old Scot spoke to iFollow this week after a close encounter with Manchester City's Under-23s. He told us about his first appearance as a Bee, his ambitions for the future and gave us an insight into why he decided to move to West London.

"I thought we gave them a run for their money to be honest," said Theo. "It was two each with ten minutes to go, we threw men forward wanting to win the game and got caught on the counter attack for a couple of late goals.

"We were tired, men were coming off with cramp, but they're a good side and we're quite a young team. I think we're going places to be honest and it showed tonight against a top Man City side."

Playing his first game in front of nearly 1500 Bees fans at Griffin Park was certainly something the youngster seemed to enjoy.

"I loved that," said Theo. "It's probably one of the biggest crowds I've played with, certainly at club level. You get a few at international level but club level is different, all these fans coming here are passionate Brentford fans and I can imagine some of them have been coming here for 30, 40 or 50 years so it was nice to end the season with them and look forward to what's to come.

"I'll keep working hard with the B Team and then, the Championship's a long season so injuries or anything else can happen, if I perform well enough then I may get my chance and hopefuly do the business here."

Theo also spoke about why he joined Brentford, given that he spent a long time at one of Scotland's biggest clubs.

"I spent probably 13 years at Celtic," said Theo. "That's a long time. I have a girlfriend up the road and my friends back home so it would've been nice to stay at Celtic but you know what, I'm 19 years old and this is a great opportunity. The way the club is run, I've heard nothing but great stories about it. Once we started getting into advanced talks, I knew Robert [Rowan] as well and that helped, I saw it as a great opportunity and something I'd never pass up.

"Everyone's taken to me well, they're all nice. I was a bit sceptical coming in, wondering if I'd fit in, but everyone's been lovely, the staff are brilliant. Coming down before the start of next season has allowed me to have a completely relaxed summer. There's no anxiety coming down, what am I coming down to, that's all out of the way. I've met the lads and I'm just looking forward to next season to be honest."

Asked whether he thought he had shown the fans at Griffin Park what he could do after Monday's defeat, he said: "I think so, I think there were a few mistakes in there. I hope that they think I'm some kind of prospect for the future perhaps. It was kind of a jaded second half performance from everybody, we're quite tired at the end of the season. I've probably played over 60 games, so it was getting a bit leggy towards the end of the game. Hopefully there's more to come.

"There's a gym programme in place and it seems to be a step up from up the road to be honest. Everything seems to be in place for myself and the other boys to be able to kick on and win a place in that First Team."

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