Sheffield United: Higdon wants to be a big noise with the Blades

Michael Higdon is delighted to become a Sheffield United player � copyright :  BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Higdon is delighted to become a Sheffield United player � copyright : BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Michael Higdon last night revealed he has “unfinished business” with English football after becoming Sheffield United’s tenth summer signing, writes James Shield.

The centre-forward, who completed a permanent transfer from NEC Nijmegen yesterday, is expected to make his debut for Nigel Clough’s side during this weekend’s League One opener against Bristol City at Bramall Lane.

Despite averaging a goal every 2.85 games during spells with Falkirk, St Mirren and Motherwell, Higdon told The Star he is intent on making a big impression south of the border seven years after leaving Crewe Alexandra.

“I’ve got unfinished business here,” Higdon said. “I’m an English lad but I’ve spent most of my career playing elsewhere so now I want to do it on home soil as it were.

“I’m confident I can do that because football is the same wherever you play it. The pitch is the same, you’re bound by the same rules and, as a striker, your job is always to score goals.

“Going abroad was a big experience for me and I had to adjust to a different language, culture and way of doing things. But, ultimately, your aims are still the same.”

Higdon, who was born in Liverpool, hit the target 14 times for the Dutch club last term.

“Going to Holland taught me a lot,” he added. “The best lesson was probably the demands of the fans because they are really passionate and intense.

“That should stand me in really good stead here because Sheffield United, without a shadow of a doubt, are the biggest club that I’ve played for.

“There’s an ambition here and that was a massive thing for me. I’ve come because of the team and the manager because there were plenty of opportunities elsewhere.

“I’ve always worked hard and that’s culminated in me coming to a place like this. Now I’ve got to carry on doing the same, working hard, trying to get into the starting eleven and scoring goals because, if we do that and we’re winning, then everything else takes care of itself.”

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