A key part of the promotion-winning side in 2015, some will wonder what happened to Chris Humphrey.

Snapped up from Motherwell in 2013, Humphrey became an important player under Simon Grayson. His pace was key, but so was his exceptional work rate, which maybe wasn’t fully appreciated at the time.

The Jamaican racked up 133 appearances for North End, scoring eight goals. When his contract came to an end in 2016, Humphrey was released as North End looked to move on.

Preston North End’s Chris Humphrey. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Humphrey returned to Scotland with Hibernian, playing just eight games for the Edinburgh side. Sadly, Humphrey had to retire in October due to injury problems, ending his career with Bury. The winger briefly came out of retirement with East Kilbride, but his career has now taken a shock turn.

Gretna 2008 have this weekend confirmed that Humphrey is their new manager, ending a five-month search. David Irons and Andrew Aitken resigned joint-managers in November, with Gretna regular posting job adverts on Twitter.

Humphrey is their surprise choice, stepping into management at the age of just 31. Gretna find themselves in the Lowland League, the fifth tier of Scottish football.

Some may remember Gretna from the SPL, but they sadly folded in 2008. A phoenix team was created, but they’ve got nowhere near to their predecessors in terms of league standings.

Humphrey will now be hoping to take them to better times, and Preston fans will no doubt wish him well, whilst keeping an eye on his progress as a manager.

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