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INTERVIEW: Higginbotham on his loan move

21 September 2012

The new arrival talks about three months in Cumbria

We caught up with Kallum Higginbotham ahead of his first training session with the club to get his thoughts on his loan spell in Cumbria.

He said: “To be honest, this move has been talked about for four or five weeks and it’s just been a case of sorting things out with Huddersfield.

“I’m glad it’s all done now and hopefully I can get some games and help Carlisle push on up the league.”

“The main thing from a move like this is to help me get my confidence back,” he added. “I haven’t played at all this season and it’s difficult when you have to watch the other lads go out there week in and week out. 

“I’ve been training hard for five days every week and it’s frustrating when it comes to nothing on a Saturday.  Hopefully coming here will mean I’m getting games and who knows what can happen from there.”

“Knowing it’s for three months is really good,” he told us. “When it’s four weeks it can go too quickly, so this way I have time to settle in and get to know everybody properly. If I do well we might even extend it further so that’s something I need to work towards.

“I’ve spoken to Greg [Abbott] quite a lot and he has told me he thinks I can bring a versatility which will help him out. There are no guarantees on me starting or anything like that, so it’s up to me to come in and show everyone what I can do. Greg is showing a bit of faith in me so I just want to repay that if I can.

“I like to think I can bring a bit of trickery to the mix and I like to set goals up. I’ve got an eye for goal myself so I’d like to chip in with a few if I can. As I say, the main thing is to play well and try to cement a place in the side.”

Looking back at the way this year has developed, he admitted that it had been more than a little bit strange.

“The move to Huddersfield was a rush because it went through on deadline day,” he said. “I made my debut and it all seemed to be looking good but, unfortunately, Lee Clark was sacked very soon after that. Simon [Grayson] came in and he didn’t really see a place for me. That’s fine, it happens in football.

“The opportunity to go to Barnsley came along and I did really well while I was there. I was surprised when I was recalled but it turned into a great experience because I ended up playing for Huddersfield in the play-offs and in the final. That was fantastic for everyone involved with the club. 

“This season hasn’t gone the way I expected it to go after that and it could be that I’m not part of the manager’s plans. I’m just here to show everyone what I can do.”

And having seen his new team mates in action in the 0-0 draw against Crewe, he said: “There were a few chances and some good football on show. Passing the ball on the floor is my kind of game and I think I’ll be able to fit in with that easily.”

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