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Higginbotham relishing opportunity

2 January 2013

United's first signing of the January transfer window, Danny Higginbotham insists he had no qualms about dropping down to ply his trade in League One.


Higginbotham, who signed on the eve of the 2-2 draw at Doncaster on Tuesday, made his debut at the Keepmoat Stadium, hours after completing a move to Bramall Lane from Stoke City


The experienced defender, who has amassed close to 350 league appearances, has agreed an initial contract until the end of the current campaign, although United have the option to increase that by a further year.


On his permanent move to South Yorkshire, having recently being on-loan at Ipswich Town, the versatile defender has reacquainted with a good friend from his days in the Potteries.


He said: "I got a phone call from Dave who had spoken to the Gaffer, so I have got to be thankful for him for helping making this move happen.


"Me and Dave go back along way and I didn't have to think twice when the deal was put on the table because Sheffield United is an ambitious club.


"Dave is a great player with a real touch of class. We have seen it at the top level for many years and he is a very clever footballer too.


"Hopefully he could be the difference in helping this club win promotion back to the Championship this season.


"He held his own at Doncaster against two very imposing and physical defenders and he fully deserved his goal."


Speaking of the Blades comeback on New Year's Day, Higginbotham added: "It wasn't looking like being a great start for me when we were 2-0 down, but the lads showed they have a real character and togetherness.


"It is a shame the game didn't go on for another ten minutes or so because there was only going to be one winner.


"Doncaster were out on their feet and having gone down to ten men I am sure we would have made our dominance tell.


"We were disappointed with the goals we conceded but generally we defended well and stood up to the physical challenge Doncaster threw at us."


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