I can’t leave Ipswich Town in this situation says Danny Higginbotham after signing loan extension

DANNY Higginbotham has committed himself to Ipswich for another two months on loan – despite the uncertainty over the position of Paul Jewell.

The centre-back has impressed during his initial five-game, one-month spell and will now remain at Portman Road until December – with a strong possibility of signing permanently thereafter.

Speaking on Saturday just moments after Jewell admitted he was considering his future, Higginbotham insisted he was up for the fight at Ipswich – despite the uncertainty.

The 33-year-old said: “At this moment in time, the way I feel is that I have enjoyed my football and I do want to be here.

“I want to help the team get out of this position. It is frustrating and no matter whether you have been here four games or 14 games, you feel responsible.


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“I don’t want to walk out on something that can change and, I believe, will change.”

Despite the results, Higginbotham is yet to experience a clean sheet while Town have lost 1-0 leads in their last four matches, the Stoke City man insists he has enjoyed the last month.

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He said: “The first thing I asked (when I signed) was not ‘is the manager’s job in jeopardy?’ “I wanted to play football and Ipswich is a big club with a good reputation over the years.

“The results haven’t been good, but I have enjoyed my football. It is very frustrating as a senior professional when you are struggling to do something about it – I find that very difficult.”

Asked whether he would consider joining another club on loan as Town sit second-bottom, he added: “I don’t want to be like that. I have come here and I do want to see it through.

“I’ll be honest – at first, you look at it (Ipswich as a location) and it does seem like a long way.

“But when you get here, its nothing. I want to be here and finish what I have started. I don’t want to leave it. I want to leave this club, if or when that happens, on a more positive note.”

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