Season in short:
Higgins began the season in fine form, kicking three goals in the round one win against the Brisbane Lions, amid 22 classy disposals and ten inside 50s. Unfortunately for Higgins, a serious foot injury sustained in round three sidelined the polished performer for the rest of the year. He will look with great hope towards season 2014 and the prospect of a complete recovery.
What they said:
“Shaun is a resilient character and will leave no stone unturned in his recovery from this set-back.”
- Western Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Andrew McKenzie, after sustaining his injury in round three
Stat that mattered:
It may be a case of out of sight, out of mind, but Higgins’ influence in the forward line cannot be discredited when he is on the park. A three goal haul, three behinds and ten inside 50s marked the 25-year-old’s opening game of the year. By season’s end only Ryan Griffen (6) could average more inside 50s than Higgins did in three games (5.3).
Playing out 19 games for the season, the 24-year-old was a consistent contributor to the scoreboard bagging goals on 13 occasions. Despite playing only one extra game on last year, Higgins managed to kick ten more majors to place third in the Club’s goal kicking. A hamstring injury briefly interrupted his season but he returned in round 21 to play out the year.
Season by Season
The skilful utility played 18 games for an average of 21 disposals, including a career-high 32 disposals and nine marks against the Suns in round three. Finished top 10 in the best and fairest and, with 87 games under his belt, will look to take another step forward this season.