Stoke City boss Tony Pulis will not prevent Danny Higginbotham from moving on

Danny Higginbotham: Will be allowed to move on in search of regular game time

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Tony Pulis will not stand in Danny Higginbotham's way if the defender expresses a desire to leave Stoke on a permanent basis.

The 33-year-old has linked up with Championship outfit Ipswich Town on a short-term loan and has hinted that he would like to remain at Portman Road.

He hopes a loan extension can be put in place, paving the way for a full-time agreement to be struck in January.

Pulis says he would be prepared to let Higginbotham move on, with it important to respect the wishes of a man who has served Stoke with distinction over the course of two successful spells.

"He's a great lad, a great ambassador for this club and one of the bedrocks it has been built on," Pulis said in The Sentinel.

"But I understand his wish to be playing, especially at this stage of his career, so if I can help him I certainly will.

"We should never forget the contribution made by Danny, both on and off the field, and I certainly won't."

While Higginbotham looks to be heading out of the Britannia Stadium, Pulis insists further departures are unlikely.

Ryan Shotton is among those to have been linked with a loan switch elsewhere, but Stoke are eager to ensure that strength in depth is maintained.

"I'm not really keen to let anyone go from the 25 at the moment," added Pulis.

"We've got a tough run of games coming up, so we will see what's what after that."