Higginbotham makes Blades debut

Sheffield United have completed the signing of defender Danny Higginbotham from Stoke until the end of the season.

Last Updated: 01/01/13 at 21:45

Higginbotham: On loan until the end of the season

Higginbotham: On loan until the end of the season

Higginbotham, 34, signed in time to make his debut in the 2-2 draw at promotion rivals Doncaster and played the full 90 minutes.

Blades central defender Neill Collins is expected to be sidelined for the next two months after suffering a triple fracture to his cheekbone in the Boxing Day win over Scunthorpe and boss Danny Wilson has moved swiftly to find a replacement.

Higginbotham, who has not featured for Stoke this season, has recently completed a spell on loan at Ipswich for whom he made 12 appearances.

He began his career at Manchester United, and commanded a seven-figure transfer fee on three occasions when signing for Derby, Southampton and Sunderland. He is currently in his second spell at Stoke.

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