Date:Thursday July 8 2010
Shane Higgs is ready to battle another Dane in the battle to become the Leeds United first choice keeper in their first season back in the Championship.
Higgs signed for Leeds last summer from Cheltenham Town and had to battle against Danish born goalkeeper Casper Ankergren for the coveted number one shirt at Elland Road.
After an impressive pre season, Higgs started the season as number one and enjoyed an excellent start in the Leeds goal, helping the side to win nine of their first ten games.
In the only game Leeds failed to win at Southend in a 0-0 draw, he made sure the club kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a late penalty save from Lee Barnard.
After the release of Ankergren in the summer, Higgs now faces competition from another Dane after the signing of Kasper Schmeichel from Notts County earlier in the summer.
Speaking in the YEP, Higgs said, 'Obviously, the difficult thing when you play in goal is there's only one place up (for grabs). That's what it is and there will be competition at a club like Leeds United and you've got to expect that.'
'It was between me and Casper (Ankergren) last year and he's know gone and I wish him well whatever happens in his future."
Higgs saw his season largely disrupted after picking up a thigh injury at MK Dons at the end of September.
He now admits he rushed himself back and suffered the consequences when he suffered a reoccurrence of the injury in the opening twenty minutes of the game with Norwich City in October.
The injury forced him to miss five months of the season when he returned for the run in. Ironically, he made his comeback in the defeat at Norwich in late March.
Higgs was an ever present for the remainder of the season helping the side to win five of their remaining ten games and secure promotion.
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Date:Thursday July 8 2010
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