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Blades delight at striker capture

4 August 2014

Nigel Clough's patient search for attacking reinforcements has been rewarded with the signing of Michael Higdon.

The 30-year-old striker, who possesses an impressive goalscoring record, arrives from NEC Nijmegen, where he has been playing in the Dutch top flight.

United have paid an undisclosed fee to make Higdon the Club's ninth new arrival of the summer. He has agreed a two-year deal (with an option for a third) and the deal will be ratified when international clearance is received.

"He ticks a lot of boxes, including goalscoring record, experience, as well as being a big lad who can hold the ball up," said Blades chief, Clough.

"He scores different types of goals, he uses his left, right and head and we think the crowd will take to Michael.

"If you look at the quality of crosses we've put in over the pre-season period, it should be of major benefit to Michael. Flynn, Murphy, Harris, Alcock and Davies have all been whipping in balls - he has got to relish the prospect of working with Ben Davies.

"He's 30-years-old, experienced and began at Crewe so is technically sound. Michael will be a major asset to us."

Higdon's career statistics show interesting reading. He began his career with Crewe Alexandra before heading north to Falkirk, St Mirren and Motherwell - he switched to Holland last summer, where his goalscoring prowess continued.

Last season he scored 14 goals in 32 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie, after winning the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year award and Golden Boot in 2012-13 - he netted 27 times for Motherwell in 43 appearances.

He scored 16 goals in 2011-12 season, 15 the year before and during his time with Motherwell, where he played alongside Jamie Murphy, he netted 43 times in 82 games.

In total, he has more than 100 career strikes to his name.

Higdon joins Marc McNulty, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Andy Butler, Chris Basham, Ben Davies, James Wallace, Craig Alcock and Harrison McGahey as new
arrivals at Bramall Lane this season.

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