Worksop: One in, one out for Tigers as Shiels heads for Harrogate and Higginson returns

Luke Shiels has left Worksop to join Harrogate Town. Picture: ''Jon Knight
Luke Shiels has left Worksop to join Harrogate Town. Picture: ''Jon Knight

Luke Shiels has left Worksop Town to sign for Conference North side Harrogate Town.

But striker Connor Higginson has returned to the Tigers after a short spell at another Conference North side, Gainsborough Trinity.

Talismanic centre half, Shiels was the Tigers’ longest serving player and returned to the side this season after being out for over 18 months due to serious injury.

As well as being a colossus at the back he has proved a key player at the other end of the pitch with nine goals from 16 appearances.

And his performances have not gone unnoticed by teams at a higher level and the who has left to join a Harrogate side currently sitting mid-table in Conference North.

“Losing Shielsy is the first real player that I really didn’t want to leave after an approach during the season,” admitted Tigers boss Mark Shaw.

“I am a bit devastated about it but that’s football.”

“Having big clubs looking at our players was part and parcel of our success last season as it is this season”

The loss of Shiels has been offset by the return of Higginson after a frustrating spell at Gainsborough where he found himself increasingly on the fringes of the first-team.

Higginson scored 11 goals from 42 appearances for the Tigers last season as they made the play-offs in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division, form which prompted neighbours Trinity to offer him a chance to move up to the Conference North.

But after a promising start, things have faded for Higginson at Trinity and when he was offered the chance to return to Sandy Lane, he needed no second invitation.

The striker also played under Shaw at Sheffield FC and Shirebrook Town and the Tigers boss was pleased to have him back.

“Last season Connor was an integral part of our promotion push and produced some fantastic performances,” Shaw continued.

“We have all grown to like him as a player and a personality.”

“I have worked with him at three clubs and he has always given me everything.”

“A lot of players have moved on in the summer to higher levels than we are at now and they have spoken to me a lot about last year and how much they enjoyed the journey.”

“It’s great to have Connor back, especially when we lose a character like Shielsy.”

“Having Connor back softens the blow a lot and I know he will never, never give up for us.”