Higginbotham plans long stay

Defender keen to see out career at Stoke

Higginbotham: Happy at Stoke

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Danny Higginbotham hopes to finish his career with Stoke after recently signing a new deal.

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The defender, 31, last week put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at the Britannia Stadium until 2013.

He is not currently part of Tony Pulis' first-choice line-up but had no hesitation in committing his future to the Potters.

Higginbotham is looking forward to fighting for his place and has no intention of leaving the club before he hangs up his boots.

"I would love to see out my career here," Higginbotham, who did leave Stoke once before returning after a single season with Sunderland, told The Sentinel.

"I have been here four years now and this is where I've enjoyed my career the most.

"I'm settled in the area. I'm close to my family, I got married in the summer and there's a lot of good people at this football club."

Resurrected

Top of that list is Pulis, who persuaded Higginbotham to first come to Stoke in 2006 and then offered him a route back once it became apparent the former Manchester United trainee had not settled on Wearside.

"It is no coincidence the manager has brought out the best out in me," said Higginbotham.

"People questioned me coming to Stoke but the manager sold the club to me.

"He has got the knack of bringing the best out of players and he really resurrected my career. I have a lot to thank him for."