Higgins set for big 2017

Higgins set for big 2017

Posted on November 8, 2016 in 'News'

Jacks midfielder Jon Higgins came out of retirement last season, to the surprise of many, but the 30-year-old believed he had something to give to the side and Coach Dale McCulloch brought him for his return game against Sorrento in round 12.

But it wasn’t the comeback the former Birmingham City trainee was hoping for, injuring himself in the first half of the clash and would sit out the rest of the season.

The injury is healed now and the midfielder said he can’t wait for 2017. “The injury is pretty good, I had a tear in my Achilles’ tendon, and to be honest I didn’t realise how long it takes for them to recover, it’s feeling pretty good now and I’m back running,” he explained. “It was more frustrating than anything, I think that’s what you get when you still think your 18…. I’ve got to start realising I’m in my 30s now and listening to the body is a must.”

It was hard for Higgins to sit in the stands and watch the side go so close to the West Australian Top Four Cup Final, and he said the loss to Inglewood United on penalties in the Preliminary Final will spur them on in 2017. “The one positive thing from being injured was being able to watch from the sides and really see how the team performed,” he said. “Some of the football that was played in the second half of the season was scary, obviously the run the boys went on was amazing but I think as players the way they played the game is what really excited us all for next year.”

Jacks Coach Dale McCulloch said the returning Higgins will be a big boost for his squad as they look to continue their good form from last season. “Jon will be huge for us next season, when he decided to come out of retirement we glad to have him back and his energy and skill strengthened our squad,” he said. “Then to get and injury in his first game back was a huge blew for Higgy, but we hope to have him back bigger and stronger next season.”

The club is ticking along nicely both on and off the pitch, and Higgins said the committee, which includes his dad John, have done a great job. “The old boy loves it, you look at the committee and there’s been faces there that have been around for years, I don’t think you realise until you get a little older just how much they all do,” he said. “We are a club that now has the capability to go on and do something special, not just his year but in the years to come, we must push on from last year, the desire has to be there from day one, which I can’t wait for.”