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Paul Huntington Set To Leave PNE

5 May 2022

Manager Ryan Lowe has confirmed that Paul Huntington will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June.

Huntington first joined Preston North End in 2012 and has since gone on to make 305 appearances for the club, becoming the 26th player to play 300 times or more for the Lilywhites.

Despite his future at the club looking uncertain in the summer of 2014, the central defender chose to stay and fight for his place, and he ended up playing a vital role in North End’s promotion back to the Championship in the 2014/15 campaign.

He will always be remembered for getting on the scoresheet in the Wembley Play-Off final, and a few days later he was named as the club’s Player of the Year for the promotion-winning season.

His importance to the side didn’t change once in the second tier, highlighted by his 44 appearances made in the 2017/18 campaign as PNE finished seventh in the table.

Continuing to play a key role on and off the pitch, it was in January 2021 that Hunts put his name into the PNE history books by making his 300th appearance for the club.

Paul said: “I’m proud to have played for this special club for so long, it’s been a big part of my life.

”I’ve improved a lot as a player during my time here and obviously I’ve enjoyed some success, getting promoted from League One and we’ve had some good times in the Championship too.

“I’m grateful for the opportunities each manager has given me and a special thanks to the Hemmings family who have played a big part in my time at the club.

“I’m looking forward to the last game on Saturday to be able to say thank you to the fans, my teammates and the staff because it’s been a home for me at this football club, and I wish it nothing but success for the future.

“PNE will always be a big part of my life and it will be the first club I look out for results wise. I’ll now be able to look on as a fan.”

Due to Paul's length of service to Preston North End, the club are in discussions with the 34-year-old over a potential testimonial match to be played in pre-season, with details to be announced in due course.

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