The Salford-born player is in his third spell north of the border following his move to Partick Thistle.
After catching the eye during his two-year stint with Falkirk, a move to Huddersfield Town last January only left him longing of a return to familiar territory as he was sent on loan to Barnsley and Carlisle United.
The 24-year-old helped Motherwell clinch second place in the SPL last season and now he is determined to star in Scottish football once again with Alan Archibald's promoted Jags.
Higginbotham said: "The manager has only made one change from the starting XI that got them to the title last year.
"It is good that he has given the boys their chance and they have stepped up to the plate. It is harder for the new players like myself to get into the team, though. The bench is just about made up of new signings, which shows the quality we have in the squad.
"I have just got to wait for my chance. With Sean Welsh now out injured, hopefully I can get a start and stake my claim for a spot in the team.
"I am loving it. I am just glad to be back up here and feeling wanted. It didn't work out down in England.
"I am not writing my chances off of going back down there. But my focus is on Thistle just now and I know that I need to impress for them, I want to get in the team and do well here.
"It is great to be involved on a Saturday. Down in England, I wasn't involved much, I was in and out and I wasn't looking forward to a Saturday. Now it is different.
"I am training all week and I know I have got something to aim for."
Higginbotham has impressed in his two substitute appearances for Thistle so far and could be in line for his first Jags start when Archibald's side face Motherwell this weekend.
Higginbotham spent a part of last season on loan at Fir Park before being snapped up at Firhill, and he is eager to play his part as Thistle look to continue their unbeaten run in Lanarkshire tomorrow.
He said: "I am looking forward to going back to Fir Park this weekend. Hopefully I can get in the team and show them what they are missing and give Thistle a win.
"I loved my time there. Every time I come to Scotland I enjoy my football.
"I didn't speak to Motherwell in the summer.
"Thistle came calling and I jumped at the chance to sign here. I wasn't expecting anything from Motherwell.
"I am really enjoying being at Thistle, it is great club and a great squad.
"We are doing really well just now and hopefully we can kick on for the rest of the season."