When the inevitable was announced a few days ago that Paul Huntington would be leaving Preston North End after 10 seasons, it was no surprise to see nice messages come flooding his way from supporters, and current and former teammates.
Adored by the supporters, the ‘Cumbrian Cannavaro’ is also hugely respected within the game.
Part of an exclusive 300 appearance club at North End, Hunts has well and truly stamped his mark on the Preston history books since his arrival from Yeovil Town in 2012.
An iconic goal in the League One Play-off Final in 2015 will be a favourite moment for both player and the fans, and losing a tooth in the winning goal celebrations against Blackpool in the League Cup in 2013 is a memorable yet painful one for the defender as well!
Saturday was an emotional occasion as Huntington came on for his last appearance in a Preston shirt. The speeches and presentations after the game were nice to see as was Huntington doing a lap of honour with his daughter Dolly.
Hungtington said North End will be the first score he looks out for in the future, and I can guarantee Preston fans will watch the rest of his career with a keen eye as well, as he deserves a couple more good seasons to finish off his career.
A testimonial may yet be on the cards to mark a decade at the club.
One former player who has already said he’d love to be part of it is Jordan Hugill.
Jermaine Beckford was another to congratulate him. Beckford was of course the scorer of the other three goals in that play-off final game against Swindon Town and will have shared some great memories together at the club.
There were more nice messages on Instagram as well for Paul Huntington who included some nice family pictures from his last game at Deepdale. Louis Moult who is now at Burton Albion said ‘All the best legend’.
Josh Ginnelly and John Welsh were other former players to wish him well, whilst there were plenty of tributes from his current teammates including Andrew Hughes, who had recorded the guard of honour given to Paul Huntington on Saturday on his way to picking up a specially dedicated award for his 10 years service to the club.