Feb 20 2013 By Andrew Weston
On-loan Motherwell forward Kallum Higginbotham believes the club have a fight on their hands to keep hold of star playmaker Nicky Law.
Nottingham-born Law’s impressed since moving into central midfield this season and has played a key role in helping Motherwell climb to second in the SPL.
The 24-year-old is one of a number of players out of contract this summer and Higginbotham doesn’t expect him to be short of offers.
“He is a fantastic talent and still only young,” Higginbotham said this week.
“I think plenty scouts will be here watching quite a lot of the players out of contract and he will be on a lot of the scouts’ sheets.
“Lawsy just runs past people for fun. He is a magnificent player.
“I played against him down south when he was at Rotherham and saw him at Sheffield United as well and he was good then.
“He has just improved every year and is getting bigger, which means it’s harder to push him off the ball. It will be hard to keep hold of him in the summer. He’s just a really good player and I know he will go far.”
Higginbotham is hoping to put himself in the shop window in the remaining months of the season having been farmed out to Motherwell from Huddersfield last month.
He made his first start on Saturday in the 3-0 victory over Inverness and has quickly settled at Fir Park following a disappointing year at The Terriers.
The former Falkirk ace had loan spells at Barnsley and Carlisle United but was delighted to make the move back to Scotland.
He said: “The last time I featured was against Doncaster about 14 weeks ago, so it was good to get back out there playing competitive football.
“From the first day I came in, I have really enjoyed it. The boys and gaffer have all welcomed me with open arms.
“Training everyday is sharp and everyone buys into what we do. It is not the biggest of squads but everyone pulls in the same direction.
“It’s surprising how well Motherwell do with our resources, compared to Hearts, Hibs and teams like that. But then you come in and train and see the quality and are definitely not surprised.”
He continued: “I have got another year left at Huddersfield. Under Simon Grayson, I wasn’t playing but he got sacked and there is a new manager in.
“I am out to try to impress him and try to impress other people if my future doesn’t lie there. People are always watching football games and hopefully I can put in some good performances and get on people’s radar.”
Higginbotham hopes to play a part in Saturday’s game at Ross County – a side he pitted his wits against when
And whilst impressed with how the Highlanders have fared in their first season in the top flight, the 23-year-old feels Motherwell have the quality to claim all three points at Victoria Park.
“In the First Division, they had a big side and bullied quite a lot of teams,” he said. “Obviously when you come to the SPL, it is a different story and the quality is different. I think our team will be too good for them on the day.”