DANNY IS GLAD HE’S OFF HIS TROLLEY!
DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM has swapped Stoke for a grim relegation scrap with Nottingham Forest – but insists it beats shopping in Sainsbury’s!
Higginbotham admitted he jumped at the chance to join Steve Cotterill’s survival mission after losing his place in Tony Pulis’s side.
In fact, the Stoke defender was frozen out so much that he was reduced to pushing a trolley around supermarkets while the Potters played in the Premier League.
But the 33-year-old is relishing the prospect of helping Cotterill avoid a humiliating drop into League One.
“It’s been so frustrating at Stoke and at this stage of my career I don’t want to be in Sainsbury’s on a Saturday afternoon,” said Higginbotham.
“I’ve been desperate to play because there is no worse feeling than training all week and not even making the 16-man squad.
“Pushing a trolley around a supermarket while the rest of your mates are playing is not the way I want to remember my career ending.
“Forest’s position is a bad one but there’s no reason why we can’t escape.
“People are writing us off, so to stay up would be just as satisfying as winning promotion.”
Higginbotham is poised to make his debut against Watford this weekend – a game which will be preceded by a minute’s applause in tribute to the late Forest owner Nigel Doughty, who died from a suspected heart attack on Saturday.
Doughty has left a whopping £23million to guarantee costs at the cash-strapped club for this season and the next two campaigns.
Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp insists the 54-yearold, who took over at Forest in 2003, deserves his place in club history.
Camp said: “He was a Nottinghamshire boy, he was self-made and I have spoken before about the amount of money he has put in – it was incredible.
“He has played a big part in the last decade of the club. He will go down in history and the club should always be indebted to him.”
FROZEN OUT: Higginbotham