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Higginbotham leaves Stoke to concentrate on Forest survival

Danny Higginbotham intends to concentrate on keeping Nottingham Forest in the Championship and not on his future with parent club Stoke. The 33-year-old defender joined struggling Forest on loan for the rest of the season on Tuesday.

"At this moment in time I'm a Stoke player but I'm going to Forest now and that's what I'm concentrating on," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I wish them well for the rest of the season but my main concern is Forest."

Higginbotham has not featured for the Potters since the Europa League defeat to Besiktas on 14 December.

"I'm a footballer and I want to play football, but I've not been doing that," he continued.

"Although I've been contracted to Stoke, in the last few months I've not really been a Stoke player.

"As a footballer, if you're not playing and you're not frustrated about it and you're happy to pick your money up, there are issues there.

"I'll never be a player that's happy to do that. Spending my Saturdays without a game has been very difficult for me.

"I've been very fortunate to have had a career in football. I want it to continue as long as possible and hopefully I can do well over these next few months."

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