Paul Huntington signs new deal at PNE

Paul Huntington has signed a new contract at Preston
Paul Huntington has signed a new contract at Preston

Preston North End centre-half Paul Huntington has signed a new three-year contract at Deepdale.

He is the longest serving player in the PNE squad having joined the club in July 2012.

PNE defender Paul Huntington

PNE defender Paul Huntington

In that time Huntington has made more than 230 appearances in a North End shirt, scoring 17 goals - including in the League One play-off final at Wembley in 2015.

The 30-year-old had recently entered the final 12 months of his contract and the new deal runs until the summer of 2021.

Huntington said: "I am delighted it has been done and now I can concentrate on the football.

"I have really enjoyed my first six years at this fantastic football club and I am looking to continue that – hopefully we can have another good season.

"You don’t tend to see players stay at clubs for a long time nowadays, but from the first year that I signed, I felt really comfortable here and I enjoy working with my team-mates and with the manager and staff.

"I feel they get not only the best out of me, but out of us as a group and moving forward that is important.

"I am grateful to the manager and the club for allowing me to sign a new contract and I will be looking to repay them, as I do each and every season."

Last season, Huntington started 44 of North End's 46 Championship matches.

Earlier in the summer Queens Park Rangers were linked with a move for Huntington but PNE were always confident of him signing a new deal and had no intention of selling him.