Higginbotham unsure of future
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Rams are set to lose a number of top stars in the summer with the club experiencing financial difficulty and players could be sold to bring in much-needed funds.
Higginbotham has impressed this season for the Pride Park outfit and he has been linked with a possible move to Man City.
The former Manchester United ace is happy to stay at Derby and help them win promotion back to The Premiership, but he knows his future may be out of his hands.
"I am a Derby County player and one of those in a team which has been relegated, so it is up to me to give everything to get us back up next season, and I am sure Malcolm (Christie) and Chris (Riggott) will say the same," said Higginbotham.
"I don't want to leave this club. I want to stay just as much as anybody else, but at the end of the day it might not be up to me.
"Obviously myself, Chris and Malcolm are the three lads everybody is talking about at the moment because we have built up a reputation, but Derby might get an offer they cannot refuse.
"The same goes at any club where all players are effectively up for sale. If someone offered £60million for Patrick Vieira then he would go.
"So at the end of the day, if I have to leave this club and it's forced on me that I am sold, then so be it.
"But I want to let everybody know I am here for the cause. I am as determined as anybody to get this team back into the Premiership.
"The gaffer will obviously want to keep his best players, but circumstances sometimes arise and so it's out of my hands. But hopefully the gaffer can keep the players he wants."
Rams boss John Gregory knows he faces a fight to keep hold of his best young players.
"It's now up to people who have shown an interest to follow it up," said Gregory.
"I don't want certain people to leave, but it's going to be hard to deny them the opportunity of going on and improving themselves."