The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

OLD­HAM’s new striker Michael Hig­don is hop­ing to lead from the front af­ter get­ting fed up with sit­ting on Sheffield United’s bench.

The 32-year-old joined the Blades from Dutch side NEC Ni­jmegen in 2014, but has made just 14 starts.

And af­ter agree­ing a three­month loan deal with the Lat­ics, Hig­don says he’s des­per­ate to get on the pitch.

“I want to get back play­ing football,” said the for­mer St Mir­ren, Falkirk and Crewe for­ward. “I’ve not played much over the past two years for one rea­son or another so I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting some goals.

“I spoke to the man­ager at United and came to an agree­ment that I wasn’t get­ting as many min­utes as I liked.”

Hig­don be­comes David Dunn’s third sign­ing since tak­ing on the man­age­rial reigns and he’s look­ing to re­pay the faith.

“I asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing out on loan and Old­ham came straight in, so it feels like an ideal op­por­tu­nity,” added Hig­don.

“Leav­ing a big club like Sheffield United is dis­ap­point­ing but this is a good op­por­tu­nity to crack on.”

CHANCE: Michael Hig­don

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