Archibald lands Dusseldorf deal

Former Melbourne City defender Ross Archibald has a sealed a transfer to German second-division club Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Archibald trialed with the German side in April and has signed a one-year deal with Fortuna’s Under-23s. The Flingeraner play in 2. Bundesliga and are also home to fringe Socceroo Ben Halloran.

“I had a one and a half week trial with them and played a game against Azerbaijan when I was there, it was a good game,” Archibald told FourFourTwo.

“After that they offered me to come back for the next season. I was pretty stoked.

"I sort of went over and didn’t really put too much pressure on myself to be honest. Just went over and played. I’m looking forward to heading over.

“It’ll be a bit different. I’m trying to learn the language at the moment but it’s good.”

Archibald joined Melbourne City in 2013 after three seasons with the Brisbane Roar’s National Youth League team. The talented young defender, who made his A-League debut in the Melbourne derby in January 2014 and made three appearances at right back in the 2014-2015 season, will arrive in Germany on June 20.

The 20-year-old has long harboured an ambition to play overseas and see how far he can go.

“Everyone wants to but I think it’s a good opportunity for myself,” Archibald said.

“Having played a few games in the A-League I’ve got that sort of experience but obviously it will be completely different going over to a new country, seeing a different style and the way they do things over there.

“I want to play as many first-team games as possible. I’ve signed with the Under-23s for the first year but that’s obviously a goal. To be in that environment and to see how I go.

“There a big club but that’s my goal, to get as many first-team games as I can.”

A Brisbane product, Archibald knows Halloran well from their time together at the Roar and the Queensland Academy of Sport.

“I stayed with Ben for the time I was over there,” he said.

“It was great and he helped me out. Adjusting to the club and introducing me to a few people, I knew Ben from Brisbane at the Roar and we were at the QAS together, so I’ve known Ben for a while.”

Archibald can play in both midfield and defence, but sees himself primarily as a centre back.

“I’m a more defensively-minded player, quite versatile across the backline,” he said.

“I’ve played the number six position a bit but my strongest position is probably the centre half role.  When I was over there trialing they had me in the centre half role mostly.

“I’m just going to go over and give it a good crack. See how it goes.”