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Huntington Has A Special Feeling

12 September 2012

PNE.Com talk in-depth to defender Paul Huntington after the first eight games of the season...

“Obviously we have got a lot of games but our first thought is Crawley Town on Saturday and enjoy playing back at home as the entire squad do. We want to achieve another win at Deepdale.”

“The quick turnaround of games coming up again is something to look forward too, we have done well in the cup so far and we are looking to go as far as we can in both competitions.

“That is a lot of games but it helps you quickly build your match fitness and as a I said earlier the more points we can pick up early the better as we are still settling as a side and getting to know each other.

“We have had a lot of games but in my opinion it has been really good for match fitness, personally I have really enjoyed playing the games and we have played eight games in the first four or five weeks.

“This has been the first break we have had during the week were we haven’t had a game which has been good.

“We are always looking at where we can improve, that is important and we spoke about that straight after the Bury game. We have to keep building on our wins so far and carry the run on this weekend. 

“I have heard the phrase used before that it is important to win football matches when you are not up to scratch and it is good that we are still learning but at the same time still getting the right result.

“We are looking forward to this weekend’s game against Crawley Town; we have put in some good hours already on the training ground in preparation for winning on Saturday,” he continued.

This week has been the first one without a midweek game since the season began, but the two games per week routine will soon return for the North End squad, a challenge Huntington relishes.

North End are currently enjoying a purple patch on all three fronts, with a third round Capital One Cup tie against Middlesbrough and a trip to Morecambe in the JPT coming up in the next few weeks.

“It is a real enjoyable Club to be at and I have loved playing at Deepdale and the backing we had at Bury was brilliant. It really spurred the lads on and we have already spoken about that and it is really important.”

“Everyone is enjoying the environment and it is a great place to go to work every day, you feel like you are improving or you are learning something new each week. 

“We knew it was going to take time and it still will as we are still learning and getting to know each other both on and off the pitch.

“I am a northern lad, I enjoy living close and it is great to be a part of the Club, I feel like there is something special going on here.

“I am really enjoying it, it is a good group and the staff and the players have made me feel really welcome and I am really settled in the area,” Huntington told the Club’s official website.

Huntington is one of 18 new faces at Deepdale this season and the 24-year-old, who turns 25 next Monday described PNE as a ‘great place to go to work everyday.’

The former Newcastle and Leeds United defender joined North End after rejecting a new deal at Yeovil Town and has already established himself as a regular fixture in Graham Westley’s starting line-up.

When Paul Huntington decided to move back up to his north to his roots he had a strong feeling something special was about to happen at Preston North End.


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