Jordan Archer has gone through a stop-start time of it that’s had him work with the likes of Bournemouth and Fulham – but at Motherwell he is happy to be back between the sticks.
The keeper made a short-term switch to Fir Park following an injury to number one Trevor Carson. He made his debut on Saturday but it wasn’t a dream start, losing 3-0 to Hibs.
It was the goalkeeper’s first appearance since January 4, having been at Oxford United and Fulham last term and spending time on trial at Bournemouth earlier this campaign. Archer says it was good to be back.
“From the day I started kicking a football, I’ve always backed my own ability,” Archer said. “I’ll train hard every day and try to make as many saves as possible to help the boys out in front of me.
“The training is fantastic and Craig Hinchliffe has great pedigree as a coach. I came up here having had no pre-season but the training has been enjoyable. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there.
“It’s been a difficult couple of months and it isn’t the same without the fans. But it was good to be back out there even if it was a difficult result. There’s been a few twists and turns in my career the last couple of years.
“But I’m happy to find a club and a gaffer that’s giving me the opportunity to get out and get some games again.”
Archer hasn’t had it easy since leaving Millwall in 2019, where he made over 160 appearances. After finding his two permanent club spells last season challenging, he featured in trial matches for Bournemouth before the English Championship kick-off.
That also didn’t happen for him but now he’s got a shot at Motherwell. His deal is up in January though and usual Fir Park number one Carson is due back this month, meaning another fight is on his hands.
His long-term future isn’t clear, but that isn’t the focus for Archer just now after a tough period: “There’s some fantastic goalkeepers at the club. Some have been unfortunate with injury.
“There’s always competition and Aaron Chapman has did well when he’s played. We have a fantastic group here and I’m really enjoying myself just now. I was on trial at Bournemouth.
“I played in a couple of friendlies there but things got out of my control in that aspect. But to now actually be signed to a club and be back working with staff is helping my confidence.
“I’m just happy to be back playing games. I haven’t thought too far ahead as you can’t, there’s a lot of things that could happen. I’m just happy to be playing football again.”