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Hunts Focused On The Now

9 February 2017

Paul Huntington is one of the longest-serving members of the squad now at Deepdale...

He has played twice as many games for the Lilywhites as any other club he has been at and he feels that the current group are as good as he has had played with.

Speaking to The One And Only at Springfields this week the 29-year-old defender reflected on the squad and their mentality.

“In terms of quality, we’ve got quite a few match winners in the team,” Hunts told the matchday programme. “From what I’ve seen, you need that in this league. We’ve got a team spirit, a togetherness and a willingness to work for one another that’s been instilled by the manager.

“I think the quality in the squad is definitely the best we’ve have had. We can keep improving collectively and want to do; that’s our aim.

“We’ve had the same core of the group and we’ve added to it, but it has adapted quite well. We have played lots of different formations over the past couple of years a lot as well, so if we change in game it isn’t really that much of an issue.

“A lot of people maybe wouldn’t notice watching the game, but we can change to suit a different game plan.

“We have adaptability within the squad, that’s a good thing going forward. The more the new signings get to know us and get to know what the manager and the staff want us to do will bode well for us going forward.

“The last couple of games, we have had half a game poorer than the other. The second half’s been better than the first, but on the whole, of the last half a dozen games, they have been good, we’re just looking to carry that on.

“There are some tough games coming up, the last home game against Ipswich was, they were struggling for points. We’ve got to battle and scrap for every point - the way they set up made it a poor game to watch. We kept plugging away which is good character and we go into another group of tough games coming up.

“We are looking forward to keeping that run going, picking up as many wins as we can along the way.

“I don’t think you can look to far ahead. Obviously, what’s gone is gone, you want to be in the side, but you want to stay in the side, it’s a knock-on effect. You work hard to get in the team, do your work on the training ground, after training and you make sure that you give yourself the best chance of staying in the side.

“We’ve got a really competitive squad who all want to play, and all have a part to play.

“We all want each other to do well, whether that’s me or any other individual, it’s not about one or two individuals it’s about the whole squad.

“I couldn’t have been more delighted myself when I wasn’t playing and the team was winning. At the same time, it can be frustrating when you are not getting the minutes you would like, but you understand that the reason was the performances and results were good. You just get your head down and work hard.”

There’s loads more from Hunts in Saturday’s edition of The One And Only, plus interviews and features with Patrick Agyemang, Chris Maxwell, Marnick Vermijl, Jermaine Beckford, Jordan Hugill, John Egan, Paul Gallagher and Simon Makienok.

There’s also all our regular features and plenty on our opponents and the programme will be on sale from Friday afternoon from the Sir Tom Finney Stand ticket office or from sellers inside and outside the ground on matchday.

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