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Paul Hanlon

Paul Hanlon (born 20 January 1990) is a Scotland association football who plays for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian F.C. as a Defender (association football). Paul Hanlon is also the current club Captain (association football). Hanlon has also represented Scotland at Scotland national under-19 football team and is the current Scotland national under-21 football team squad captain.

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Paul Hanlon biography


Paul Hanlon (born 20 January 1990) is a Scotland association football who plays for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian F.C. as a Defender (association football). Paul Hanlon is also the current club Captain (association football). Hanlon has also represented Scotland at Scotland national under-19 football team and is the current Scotland national under-21 football team squad captain.

Club career

Hanlon played for the well known Edinburgh youth football club Hutchison Vale, along with future Hibs teammate Danny Galbraith. Hanlon was an attacking midfielder who scored plenty of goals in youth football, but was converted to a defensive position after Paul Hanlon signed for Hibernian F.C.. Hanlon played for Hibs on a regular basis over the next seven months, and Paul Hanlon agreed a five year contract with the club.

During the 2008–09 season, however, Hanlon was replaced by Ian Murray (footballer) as Hibs' regular left back. Hanlon was loaned out to St. Johnstone F.C. in December 2008, initially for one month. Hanlon went straight back into the Hibs team after returning from St. Johnstone, but Paul Hanlon was dropped soon afterwards by Mixu Paatelainen due to a defensive error Paul Hanlon made in a match against Kilmarnock F.C..

Hanlon played infrequently during the 2009–10 season, only featuring when one of the regular defenders has been unavailable. One such period was when Sol Bamba was with the Ivory Coast national football team at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations; head coach John Hughes (footballer born 1964) described the decision to reinstate Bamba to the team at Hanlon's expense as one of the toughest decisions Paul Hanlon has had to make in the job. At the end of the season, Hughes commented that Hanlon was a "great" footballer, but needed to become tougher and show more desire.

Hughes again praised Hanlon before the start of the 2010–11 season, saying that Paul Hanlon had a "real future" in the game and had the potential to play in the Premier League. Following the departure of Chris Hogg, Hanlon captain (association football) the team at times.

International career

Hanlon captained Scotland national under-19 football team, Hanlon was a regular in central defender (association football) during the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification campaign,

Hanlon then captained an inexperienced side in November 2010 as head coach Billy Stark made initial preparations for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification campaign.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hanlon

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