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Paul Huntington reacts after making 300th appearance for Preston

Many will remember the chaotic summer of 2012, as Graham Westley attempted to completely rebuild the Preston squad in a matter of months.

Some of the signings, such as Richard Wright, Steve Simonsen and Chris Beardsley won’t exactly live long in the memory, but others became fan favourites.

John Welsh and Joe Garner proved to be vital long after Westley left the club, but the biggest success story has undoubtedly been Paul Huntington.

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The centre back arrived on a free transfer from Yeovil Town in 2012, and has now been important under Westley, Simon Grayson and Alex Neil.

Huntington helped win promotion in 2015 and has been a valuable squad player throughout Preston’s time in the Championship, even if other defenders have come and gone.

On Wednesday night, Huntington played his 300th game for Preston, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Birmingham City.

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With Huntington set to reach 10 years at Preston next year, the plaudits are rolling in for the 33-year-old – and he has offered an emotional comment about North End.

Huntington admitted that he loves it at Preston and loves his teammates, adding that he is really proud to be part of such a fantastic football club – and fans will hope to see him push towards 350 appearances soon.

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