Higginbottom signs to boost Reds goal hopes

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BARNSLEY have signed striker Kallum Higginbotham on loan from Huddersfield Town until the end of the season.

Higginbotham played for Reds boss Keith Hill when he was manager of Rochdale - and joins a side in desperate need of a goal having not scored in their last four league fixtures.

Salford-born Higginbotham, aged 22, has played just twice for the Terriers this season and is understandably keen to get some regular first time football.

A former Oldham Athletic trainee, Higginbotham played 69 times for Rochdale between 2007-2010, with two loan spells at Accrington Stanley in amongst that period.

In June 2010 he signed for Falkirk on a two-year deal and went on to score seven goals in a 50 games playing spell in Scotland, before signing for Huddersfield in January of this year on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Meanwhile Hill has called for his struggling side to rediscover their “cutting edge” in the final third of the field.

The Reds have lost their last four league fixtures, but they have shown glimpses of some good form in and amongst those defeats.

Tuesday’s cruel 1-0 injury-time defeat at Crystal Palace was a case in point with Hill charge’s having dominated for much of what eventually proved to be a disappointing evening.

But Hill and his team have eight games remaining in which to finish strongly and to retain their Championship status, starting at home to Peterborough United tomorrow.

“In the final third which we just don’t have that cutting edge which we’ve had earlier in the season,” Hill told The Star. “We need a result. It would bring a little bit more confidence and belief.

Port Vale loan defender Lee Collins is again expected to be included in the Reds’ squad.