Higginbotham happy to stay
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The club's Player of the Year for last season handed in his notice after the failure to pay the players` wages - claiming this was a clear breach of contract.
The former Manchester United defender was worried that his difficult choice would be interpreted as betrayal by the fans, but was amazed at the support he received as Derby fell to an embarrassing reverse at the hands of a rejuvenated Burnley.
"That meant one hell of a lot," said Higginbotham. "I was a bit tense about how the crowd would react.
"I always hoped that they would appreciate why I took the action.
"It was never money oriented. I am 23 and I want to be playing football.
"It wasn't about greed and I don't want to create unrest, I just felt I had to do something to force the issue.
"Now we have all been paid. It may have nothing to do with what I did, but if that helped then I am happy.
"I withdrew my notice the moment that we got paid.
"I owe Derby County. I have an obligation to them.
"When I came here two years ago I didn't have the best start but I came through that.
"I've got a lot of loyalty to the club. People will say I wanted to jump ship but I have no intention of doing that.
"There's no way I'll walk out of this club. All I want to do is get us back into The Premiership."