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Preston North End FC Player Profiles

Posted 17th July 2012 at 06:26 am

To say Paul Huntington had a career season in 2014/15 would probably be an understatement.

After only featuring in Johnstone’s Paint Trophy matches during the first part of the season, Huntington made his league bow away at Gillingham, scoring in the process.

44 appearances, eight goals; including one in the Play-Off final, the Club player of the year award and a new shiny two year contract later, it was more than a memorable season for Huntington.

Hunts became a big part of the PNE backline in 2012/13 following his move to Deepdale and he will be hoping to impress even further next season.

The Carlisle-born player started his career at Newcastle United where he was capped by England at U18 level.

His first team debut came against Blackburn Rovers in December 2006 with his first start coming a couple of weeks later against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Huntington scored his first professional goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and impressed many in the footballing world during his debut season.

However, his future proved to be away from St James’ Park and in August 2007 the promising defender departed to join Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

Huntington made 32 appearances in three years at Elland Road before moving to Stockport County in February 2010. Four months later and Huntington was back on the move, this time to Yeovil Town where he became captain of the club and ever present in the heart of defence.

With his contract running out in the summer of 2012, North End swooped to draft the 24-year-old in ahead of a number of competitors for his signature.

And the defender was the third highest appearance holder in his debut season with the Club, making 44 appearances and scoring four goals.

Huntington started the 2013/14 campaign as first choice alongside Bailey Wright at the heart of North End's defence.

He scored his first goal of the season in a 3-0 over Stevenage and added to his tally in Preston's 2-2 draw away at Crawley Town; finishing the season with 30 appearances.

After a tough start to the 2014/15 campaign, the defender worked hard to return to the starting Xl and the work paid off as he became a regular in the promotion winning side and scored at Wembley as North End secured promotion to the Championship. 

Huntington was an important part of the defensive unit throughout the 2015/16 season, making 41 appearances in all competitions as PNE secured 11th place in the Championship. 
 

Career History