Shirebrook Town sign ex-Stags striker Conor Higginson from neighbours Rainworth MW

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NCEL outfit Shirebrook Town Football Club have signed 21-year-old former Mansfield Town striker Conor Higginson from Evo-Stik First Division South neighbours Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Delighted Shirebrook manager Mark Shaw said: “For me it’s a major signing.

“He is a great, talented player who should be playing at a higher level, and fits in with everything we are trying to do here. Conor is a forward that is hungry and wants success, and that is what we need right here, right now to help us push on and win something this season.

“He is the kind of player who can bolster our attacking options and create a chance out of nothing. Me and Peter Shuttleworth have worked with Conor before (at Sheffield FC) and we know just what he can bring to the team.”

Ollerton-born Higginson began as a 13-year-old in youth player at Mansfield Town, making his first team debut in April 2009 as a 17-year-old against Northwich.

He had successful spells out on loan at Glapwell, before leaving the Stags by mutual consent in July 2011 to sign for Sheffield FC. He began this season at Grantham, but joined Rainworth a couple of weeks before last Christmas.

Higginson is available for the home game against Appleby Frodingham this Saturday, and said: “I’m delighted to be working with Showie (Mark Shaw) and Shutts (Peter Shuttleworth) again and I’m looking forward to trying to help put some silverware on the table for Shirebrook.

“I’ll try to score as many goals as I can between now and the end of the season and, hopefully, we’ll all be happy come the end of April.”

Rainworth boss Kev Gee said: I’m a big fan of Conor and brought him to the club from Grantham, as well as going out of my way to give him one to one training sessions.

“However, for whatever reason he’s just not been able to make the impact that we both wanted this year, and with Shirebrook pushing for promotion the move may just give him a chance to finish the season on a high.

“Obviously we’ll retain his registration as we are in different leagues. This also gives me a week before deadline to try and get a replacement in.”