Paul Huntington Sold to Leeds United


Newcastle United central defender Paul Huntington has joined Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. That’s the surprising news this evening.

Paul has not been sent out on loan but has left the club. This is breaking news from the official Leeds United web site so we feel it has to be official.

No confirmation yet on the official Newcastle United site, although we expect all Newcastle’s transfer dealings today to be released in a single communication from the club later tonight.

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Paul Huntington – surprisingly sold to Leeds United

19 year-old Carlisle-born Paul Huntington, who turns 20 in September played 11 times for Newcastle United and scored one goal. Paul, who won the Jackie Milburn Trophy in the summer of 2005, an award given to the most promising young players in the north east, made his Newcastle debut last season and scored his only goal for the club against Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Highly-rated Paul started out with Newcastle United’s Academy – he joined up with the first team squad for their EUFA cup matches in 2005 – and has represented England at under-18 level.

This was completely unexpected since Paul seemed to have a future on Tyne-side, and we were assuming he would be sent out on loan this season. Leeds are also struggling at the moment so even the club he has moved to is not in the best of shape. Leeds are  bottom of League One with -6 points.

This seems extremely strange to us and we can only assume that Big Sam didn’t rate young Huntington.

We are also waiting for confirmation from Newcastle on the transfers that may have been completed tonight – no news yet and under 4 hours to go to the transfer deadline.

Comments welcome.



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365 comments so far

  • Andreas

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Strange.

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  • Andreas

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #2

    …no confirmation on nufc.co.uk.

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  • Chris

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I thought he might have went on loan, but for an undisclosed fee is quite surprising

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #4

    He was not good enough anyway so who cares!!! be honest he was and will never be good enough. When i see a young player i know who has a chance to make it and who does not for example the first time i saw Taylor and N’Zogbia play for newcastle i knew they were good enough. Pattison,Ramage,Edgar are all not good enough and i expect all them to be gone by the start of next season also but are usefull in an in an injury crises however i do see potential in Andy Carroll.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I think this is a good decision by Huntington, because he can get the chance to learn more about the game and gain experience. Just a bit shame that it isn’t Ramage who is sold, cause he can go to every club IMO.
    Pehaps a loan move would have been a better option, so a more experienced Huntington could return to St. James, but BS should have seen that Huntington is just not good enough to play in the EPL and that’s the reason why they sold him IMO.

    What about Beye; has he signed yet, cause the official site hasn’t confirmed it at the moment, but I’ve seen a story (via Newsnow) that he signed for +/- £2.7m? Anybody news on this?

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  • Alex

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #6

    The lad should have gone out on loan not sold.He was rushed into the first team because of injuries, at a time when we had lost are way.Roeder expected to much to soon from an inexperienced youngster.

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Shaun Dean ur no scout, no one takes you seriously, shut up lol

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #8

    When is Beye going to SIGN!!!!!! i wish/hope we go in for Diop.

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  • James

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #9

    he is a good prospect for the future hopefully we havent sold him and he is just getting experince with leeds.

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    dragoner if you seriosly thought Huntington had potential to be a premiership caliber player you no nothing about football in my opinion.

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #11

    like i said, shut up, your no scout, ur NOBODY lol

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Huntington is shite always has been always will be

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Good riddance to to shite players. BIG SAM knows talent and obviously Huntington had none LOL………..and thats a fact.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m shocked we let him go so young – why not a season loan and see how he developed?

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #15

    dragoner im a nobody…………………..so ur point is? Who r u? i am not allowed to have an opinion?

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  • ChrisL

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I would hope that some kind of pre-agreed buy back price has been agreed, should he go on to be a success.

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  • DC

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #17

    I think its best for both the club and the player.

    He wasnt going to get a game for the first team at all this season because of the strength of our squad this season compared to last and i didnt really rate him when he played.

    Good luck to him!

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #18

    i am someone who is NOT pretending to be a scout

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  • Zebra

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Leeds fan here, but been to SJP many times to support your lot and big fan of your club. Hope PH does well for us obviously but feels a bit odd to be gettinga Toon player – normally the other way round! Good luck this season

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  • Mick Gray

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Hmm……we might just regret this one in years to come.

    I was on the 7am train from Newcastle to London today – and Sam got on at Durham and got off at Kings Cross. Wonder where he was going?

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Shaun and Dragoner – keep it on topic lads.

    I think it’s an odd deal too, but it’s happened, so lets move on and hope we have some official transfer news soon.

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  • RAVATOONIAC

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #22

    u can see in his game he’s got a bit of arogance which i like from a youngster when he played last year he wasn’t afraid to play his own game or of any of the big name players he came up against, he’s got bags of potential, i wish him well if he has gone for good we may regret leaving him go one day as i believe with the right coaching he could be a cracking player.

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Im not PRETENDING to be a scout i was simply judging a players ability from what i have saw of him from my own personal opinion and that was that he was not good enough to play Premier Leauge football although he was young and still could of improved i still dont think he would of progressed into a player good enough to play for Newcastle United HENCE why he is now playing Leauge 1 football.

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Paul Huntington had good NATURAL ability, he was a brave tackler, Tall, had good speed, and was relatively strong for a young defender… People on here judging him by his premiership appearances, lets not forget this is a guy who was thrown in at the deep end due to our serious injury problems, with the right coach and experience he could have and probably will develope into a decent defender…ramage or edgar should have gone instead

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  • gordon

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #25

    All this rubbish spouted by mr roeder about how good the academy is ,is falling down like a lead balloon,huntingdon was just another average player.

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  • Robert H

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Shaun Dean. Obviously your outlook on players and football is very bleak.How do you know Paul wont peak in 5 or 6 years? Hes still young and his stats show he has potential.Maybe its a case of spitting your dummy out because he hasnt been kept by Newcastle.

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #27

    shaun dean that is fair enough, its just that your first few messages painteda very ‘smart ass’ picture of yourself, you are right it is your opinion, and i agree with you concerning pattison, edgar and ramage

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  • Robert H

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh and besides Shaun you call him shite!!! SO what do you actually make of your striker partnership Smith and Viduka who actually played a big part in helping leeds get relegated.Viduka likes the pies too much…And you call Huntington shite!!!

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  • Alex

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #29

    The lad never had a chance to prove himself properly .A youngster breaking into the first team needs class defenders next to him to guide him.He had the likes of Bramble and Moore.The lad was playing next to crap defenders and often out of position.

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Robert H. Some how i very much doubt that in 5 – 6 six years i will eat humble pie. My knowledge on players is far superior to yours. If you want to see some good young prospects then take a look at Liverpools or Arsenals resevers/youth teams and yes i know they are mostly foreigners however if not theres then look at what Spurs have. Our youth Academy players over the years have not been good enough.

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  • Robert H

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #31

    I think he will be a good assett to Leeds.I dont know anything about him but ive just looked on a Newcastle forum site and most of the people on their were surprised that hes been sold rather than been sent out on loan.

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  • AlexW

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #32

    its been confirmed in nufc website, so so long paul good luck m8

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  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Robert H. When and i mean WHEN!!!!! did i ever have a strike partenership of Smith and Viduka that is just down right stupid i have never stated such a thing. You have probably mistaken me for another shaun on this site if not then please explain.

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  • Mick Gray

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #34

    At the end of the day, Allardyce and Pearson are both experienced ex-defenders – and have made the decision, we have to back their judgement – and lets not forget the defenders who have come/are coming will drastically reduce Paul’s chances. Good luck and thanks mate!

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Robert H are you trying to say that alan smith and viduka aren’t top class strikers? that would be ridiculous and you know it.

    i know first hand that Arsenal probably have the best youngsters as i live in london and my girlfriend is an avid AFC supporter, Gavin hoyte is sick and better than Justin, along with Traore, Merida, Bendtner, Vela, Gibbs(or something), and walcott all being gauranteed stars

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  • Robert H

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Shaun,How can you say that your knowledge on players is far more superior to mine. You dont know me.Im not here to pick an argument,I was just surprised that you really had something bad to say about him when he clearly still has time to peak and maybe be a good player.Newcastle have tightened up their defence this season and its a pity that he hasnt been sent out on loan rather than sold,but theres obviously reasons for that but to say that he was “shite and good riddance” is a bit much.

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  • Graham

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Shaun Dean – Exactly what do get off on? Maybe Paul Huntingdon isnt good enough for NUFC or indeed the premier league, but what gives you the experience to say shite and always will be when he’s never played consistently at senior level? I truly hope that the kid excells at leeds, moves on to a higher placed club and plays a belter agains us in either league or cup competitions inthe future just so you the garbage you have spouted tonight can choke your vile and negative mind.

    I am so pleased that people like you are the minority of mainly deccent and civil members of our community.

    May i ask you this – were you a fan of kevin keegan? i will keep an eye out for your response…

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  • Robert H

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #38

    All im saying is Viduka is past it.Smith still has a few years but Viduka is fat,slow and lazy and wont run for the ball.He likes the ball to come to him.Watch him this season and you will see.His glory days are over and if Newcastle are pushing for Europe then im sure there mustve been a better option than him

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  • Nathan

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Absolutely gutted about this

    he looked like he was going to mature into a really good player

    WE NEED YOUTH at the club

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  • dragoner

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #40

    lets remember that we got him for free, i wouldnt say he is passed it, he still holds valuable qualities like the ability to hold the ball like an attacking midfielder, clinical finishing, and unselfish play….he is also a big name and APPARENTLY a big character

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