Ex-Mansfield Town man Conor Higginson turns down Evo-Stik Premier side to stay at Worksop Town

Worksop Town FC v Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Conor Higginson shoots on goal
Worksop Town FC v Shaw Lane Aquaforce, Conor Higginson shoots on goal

Conor Higginson has revealed he turned down an offer from an Evo-Stik Premier Division side to remain at Worksop Town.

The unnamed club made the 23-year-old what he described as “a good offer” for the season ahead but, having only rejoined Tigers last season, the forward decided to stay.

“Worksop is the place for me,” he said. “It’s the best non-league club out there at the minute and I love being a part of it.”

A brief stint at Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity at the start of last season was largely a forgettable experience for Higginson who is settled again at Worksop.

“I signed for Gainsborough last summer when there was no league to play in for Worksop but things didn’t work out and I wasn’t playing my best football,” he said.

“I wanted to come back to Worksop and missed working with the manager (Mark Shaw). He plays football the way it should be played and that style brings out the best in me.

“I love the fans, the club and all the people involved and it was a no brainer for me. I didn’t want to be anywhere else, I wanted to be here playing for this club and this manager.”

And Tigers manager Shaw has repaid Higginson’s loyalty by offering the position of vice-captain.

“I’m very proud to be offered the role and can’t wait for the season to begin,” said Higginson. “Jake Scott (captain) is a leader and I’ll be there to offer support to him as well as shoulder some of the responsibility.”

Pre-season has seen sessions of up to four times a week and, while it is not a time of the year most players enjoy the most, Higginson can see the benefits.

He added: “We’ve started early and we’re all putting in the hard yards so it will benefit us when the fixtures come.”