MOTHERWELL striker Michael Higdon says staying in Scotland for the sake of his family is far more important than earning more money down south.
The former St Mirren hitman joined up with his new teammates on Tuesday for the first day of pre-season training and was immediately very optimistic about the season ahead.
Higdon said: “I had other offers, but I was looking to stay in Scotland as my little girl starts school in August and it wouldn’t have been fair to uproot her to London or something just for the sake of a bit of extra money.
“I was out of contract at St Mirren and when they brought in another tall striker in Steven Thomson that maybe was a signal, but in all honestly I was looking to move on anyway.
“I stayed at Crewe for too long and didn’t want to make the same mistake again, so even though I’d only been in Paisley for two years I wanted a fresh challenge so was delighted when Stuart McCall phoned me and sold me on the club.”
Higdon scored 15 goals last season in a team fighting against relegation and hopes to do even better this term.
He said: “I feel the squad here is already very good with a little bit of quality and experience so the vibes are good and if the manager brings in a few more players then it can only be better.
“I scored 15 goals last season, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise Motherwell is a step up from Falkirk or St Mirren.
“When I was with both of those sides we were fighting against relegation, but now I have come to a club who are pretty much established as a top six team so I hope things go and I’ll get the service to hit the net a few more times.”
‘Well are set to unveil new arrival Nicky Law tomorrow (Friday) after the midfielder agreed a free transfer from Rotherham, but Steve Jennings, who reported back for training with the rest of the squad, has been told the club won’t wait forever for him to pledge his future.
Assistant manager Kenny Black, who expects to sign a new deal himself this week, said: “Steve’s agent has been pursuing something for him down south, but he is flexible and is quite happy here, but we can’t wait forever for a deal to be done.
“From my own point of view I really enjoyed the four months after I arrived at Fir Park and was delighted to be back in the game so was keen to stay.
“However, after the cup final I was away with Scotland for 10 days and then on holiday so nothing was done officially.
“I still travel up from my home outside Sheffield, which is tough, but I did it for four years at Airdrie and the manager has a similar journey himself, so it didn’t even come into my thinking as a barrier towards staying.
“There has been dialogue and hopefully everything will be fixed up soon.”
Meanwhile, the Stephen Craigan Testimonial Committee have announced that Motherwell will host Partick Thistle on Wednesday, July 13, at 7.45pm in a match to recognise the skipper’s contribution to the club over his two spells which span 13 years.
Craigan, who recently agreed to stay on at ’Well for another year, is delighted Thistle have agreed to take part in his big game.
He said: “I’ve only played for two professional teams and hopefully I will finish that way. Thistle will be good opposition and I had many happy times there before returning to Fir Park.”
More details of the game will be announced soon, but before that Motherwell get back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Cappielow to take on Morton, followed by a trip to Strathclyde Homes Stadium, Dumbarton, next Saturday.