Skrill North promotion-chasers Altrincham have announced the signing of Danny Higginbotham in a move that sends out…..
….a statement of intent to the rest of the division and also fulfils a career-long ambition for the vastly-experienced defender.
The club were able to confirm one of the most high-profile transfers in their history at just after 4pm this afternoon after finally receiving word from the Football Conference that it had gone through.
Subject to clearance from the FA, former Manchester United, Derby, Southampton and Stoke City favourite Higginbotham will go straight into the Alty squad and could make an eagerly-anticipated debut against Leamington at the J.Davidson Stadium on Saturday.
Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley said: “Danny has always said he wanted to pull on an Altrincham jersey and play for us, and we are absolutely delighted his wish is about to come true.
“When we heard that the extra travelling in the Conference Premier was making it increasingly difficult for Danny to continue at Chester FC, with his other commitments, we sensed an opportunity to pull off a transfer coup that I’m sure will excite all our supporters.
“We got in there straightaway, because there’s absolutely no question that someone of Danny’s undoubted quality would be extremely sought after, and it really is a statement of what we are about that he has signed and is now an Alty player.
“It is also an indication of how we have gone down the right path by waiting for the right calibre of player to become available, rather than signing someone in haste. We always said that if we were going to bring a player in, it had to be someone who would improve us, rather than just an extra body. I think it’s fair to say Danny ticks that box.
“He is a player with a wealth of Premier League experience, and it really is a feather in our cap that someone of his standing wants to come and play at the J.Davidson Stadium. Provided we get the necessary confirmation from the FA, he should be available for the Leamington game on Saturday. If he does play, I’m sure the sight of him stepping on to the pitch in our colours is one our supporters will savour.
“I know there have been rumours flying around all day, but we believe in doing things properly. We could not announce anything until it had all been ratified, and that has only just happened. The moment it was confirmed, we made the announcement, and that is how things should be done.
“Danny is excited about playing for us and has made it clear he should be available for all our games. The extra travel demands of a nationwide fixture list was presenting difficulties, with some overnight trips, but there shouldn’t be any problem with us. Also, he wants to remain available for Gibraltar, after playing in their first official international, so it is important to him that he keeps turning out at club level.”