Higgins Junior back at The Arena

Higgins Junior back at The Arena

Posted on April 12, 2013 in 'News'

Andy Higgins has returned to the club after a stint in the UK with League One side Portsmouth. The 19-year-old is happy to be back and playing alongside his brother John.

“It’s great to be back at the club I started playing as a junior and great to be back playing with my big brother, and all the boys,” said Higgins.

“All the players get along really well on and off the pitch, which is why it’s so good to go to training and playing. When you get along with all your team mates the club has great camaraderie on the pitch. “Salv (Todaro) is a new coach I haven’t been under, but so far he’s been good. He gets the player group working as a team and always has belief in us which is great.”

The talented midfielder has missed the last three games due to injury, but he’s hoping to be fit soon. “I strained my hamstring against Bunbury in the season opener, but after treatment I’m hoping to be back in the next few weeks,” explained Higgins.

“It’s been frustrating to watch from the side lines as we’ve been competitive in all the games but haven’t taken our chances. The club gets this a lot, we find it hard to find form, but with the team we have we will come good I’m sure.”

As a 16-year-old Higgins headed to Portsmouth and with the clubs financial problems, having been widely reported, Higgins made the tough decision to return home and joined Perth Glory Youth for the last month of the National Youth League, but believes he will not return to the A-League club next season. “I was at Portsmouth for three years and in the end I decided it wasn’t the path for me and came back home. It was a great opportunity for me and one I really enjoyed,” said Higgins.

“I was at the Glory Youth this season, before joining ECU, and enjoyed it. But it’s doubtful that I’ll be going back anytime soon, my aim now is helping Joondalup move up the table.”

This week league leaders Bayswater City head to the Arena for week 5 of the All Flags Premier League, and although Higgins will miss the game he believes they can surprise them. “We usually do well against Bayswater and the team will be really up for this game, knowing we need a win, to kick start our season,” said Higgins.