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Squad number for Higgins

Posted: Fri 04 Jan 2013

Ryan Higgins

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Teenage defender Ryan Higgins has been handed a first team squad number ahead of Blues' FA Cup with Budweiser third round tie against Leeds United.

The 18-year-old has been with Blues on a non-contract basis since last summer, after being released by Everton where he was a trainee.  

Higgins, who hails from Liverpool, is predominantly a right back, but he can also play in midfield.

He has been a regular in Richard Beale's development squad, where he has put in a number of assured performances.

Lee Clark's decision to give him a squad number has come about because of a host of injuries to senior players.

Higgins, who gets the number 40 shirt, joins the likes of Marcel Henry-Francis (another non-contract player), Eddy Gnahore, Nick Townsend, James Fry, Reece Hales, Josh Hawker and Emmitt Delfouneso in being promoted to the first team squad in recent weeks.