Hig­gins rel­ish­ing dou­ble chal­lenge

New sign­ing takes on play­ing and coach­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Drivetime Extra - Mark Pirie

It’s come full cir­cle for Sean Hig­gins as he pre­pares to make his com­pet­i­tive Al­bion Rovers de­but af­ter be­ing part of the Clifton­hill boys club.

The striker lives just five min­utes away from the Ex­cel Group Sta­dium and started off his play­ing ca­reer in the Rovers youth ranks.

How­ever, he was snapped up by Hamil­ton Ac­cies, and went on to play across Scot­land for the likes of Dundee, Ross County and Cow­den­beath.

Hav­ing moved from Clyde this sum­mer, the 32-year-old is keen to get off to a good start in the Bet­fred Cup against Sten­house­muir in front of his home­town crowd.

“I just want to get off to a good start,” he told the Ad­ver­tiser. “A cup run could mean a lot for the club fi­nan­cially. “There is an ex­tra prize pot now, and that can make a huge dif­fer­ence to a team like Rovers if we got through the group stage.

“It’s im­por­tant for the boys to build some con­fi­dence early on in the sea­son.

“So far the boys have been great. Brian [Kerr] has been great and the train­ing has been good. The more the games come the bet­ter it will get for us.

“It’s been hard work but Brian wants to change the style of play for the bet­ter.

“I didn’t play against the Rovers last sea­son, but I played with Brian at Dundee and I know the kind of player he was and we want to re­flect that on the park.”

Hig­gins was speak­ing at a Rovers foot­ball camp where he has been lead­ing the pro­gramme.

Hav­ing gone to univer­sity and orig­i­nally plan­ning to go into teach­ing, the for­ward de­cided to put in 16 sea­sons in foot­ball and is now keen to get in­volved in the coach­ing side.

He has been work­ing on pro­grammes at Celtic and Clyde, and will now take on a ma­jor role in the com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment at Clifton­hill. “It wasn’t sup­posed to be like this orig­i­nally. “Ob­vi­ously Brian brought me in as a player, first and fore­most, and we got chat­ting about dif­fer­ent things that he would like me to do and that I was in­ter­ested in.

“He wanted to bring me in to do some coach­ing and help the strik­ers out when I can.

“I was just at­tracted to the play­ing side orig­i­nally, [coach­ing] wasn’t in my mind, but the op­por­tu­nity came up to not just coach it but to learn about the pro­grammes.

“Now I want to go into schools and clubs and re­ally help raise the pro­file of Rovers lo­cally.”


Home­town glory Sean Hig­gins is look­ing ahead to his new coach role

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