KALLUM HIGGINBOTHAM reappears on the Scottish scene for the first time in almost a year tomorrow determined to get his career firmly back on track.
The 23-year-old Mancunian frontman who has joined Motherwell on loan was a surprise signing from Falkirk by then Town boss Lee Clark on the final day of last January’s transfer window.
The former Rochdale and Accrington player had caught the attention of Clark during scouting missions to watch teenage defender Murray Wallace, who also joined Town but was loaned back to Falkirk for the remainder of last season.
Higginbotham returned South after 18 months with the Bairns on a Town contract which runs through to 2014 and was eager to impress.
However just over a fortnight later, Clark had left, and new manager Simon Grayson used Higginbotham just once, in the 2-2 draw at Stevenage, before loaning him out to Barnsley.
Higginbotham returned to figure in Town’s final two games of the regular League I season, and all three matches in their successful play-off campaign, starting the final against Sheffield United at Wembley.
But he hasn’t featured at all this season and was on loan at Carlisle between September and December.
Now he’s with the Steelmen until the end of the season and is set to make his debut in tomorrow’s home clash with St Johnstone as the Scottish Premier League comes back to life after a winter break.
Motherwell, third to the Old Firm last season, are in the same position now (Celtic lead the way with Inverness second).
And Higginbotham said: “I’m really pleased and excited to be here and I want to thank the gaffer (Stuart McCall) and all the players for making me feel so welcome.
“Things haven’t quite worked out as well as I would have liked at Huddersfield but with eighteen months left on my deal there, this is a great opportunity to show what I can do at a great club in a strong, competitive league.
“My aim is to work my way into the first-team and hopefully help Motherwell finish as high up the table as possible.”
Other former Town players plying their trade in the SPL are Jim Goodwin and Graham Carey at St Mirren, Danny Racchi at Kilmarnock and Gary Naysmith at Aberdeen.