Vale sign Lossiemouth striker
ROSS Archibald will follow in his twin brother’s footsteps by pulling on a Deveronvale shirt next season.
The striker completed his switch from Lossiemouth to Vale this week on a one-year deal, having penned a pre-contract deal at the end of last season.
His twin Liam had a spell with the Princess Royal Park side in recent seasons before returning to Lossie with his brother last term.
Ross (27) had been playing in midfield and defensive positions in the past year to help out the young Coasters team, but his desire to return to the front line was a deciding factor in his transfer to Vale.
“Liam said Vale was a good club and he knows a lot of the boys still there,” he said. “He didn’t have any issues from his time there and liked the manager (Steve Dolan) but he had just come back from a broken leg and he wasn’t getting many games and had the chance to come back to Lossie and play more.
“What Liam said didn’t really make the decision for me though. He was hoping I would stay at Lossie but it was up to me.
“I had to think of myself, and I had been playing in different positions, out right and further back and as much as it didn’t bother me too much, when Vale offered me the chance to play up front again and score goals for them I had to take it.
“I’m 28 at the end of the year so I should really be hitting my prime and I want to go and prove myself and score goals.
“I know there’s good players at Vale, I know boys like Harry (Noble) and Coco (Colin Charlesworth) who I played with before. They are a fast, young side and now I’m a bit older I can offer them some experience but I think I can fit in with the way they play as well.”
Archibald’s career began at home town Elgin City and he has also played for Forres Mechanics in between his two spells at Lossiemouth.
Next season he could be in direct opposition to his brother Liam, who has taken up a defensive role with the Grant Park outfit.
“That is going to be a strange one because I don’t think it’s ever happened before, not even in boys league.
“I’ll definitively want to get the better of him and we will be winding each other up I’m sure.”