Huddlestone loses his locks
Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone is ready for a new start in 2014 after getting his first haircut in more than two-and-a-half years.
The former Tottenham player has been growing out his afro in aid of Cancer Research UK, having vowed not to have it clipped until he next scored a goal.
Frustratingly, his drought lasted from his last Spurs goal in April 2011 until his first Hull strike against Fulham on December 28.
He celebrated with an impromptu snip on the sidelines, courtesy of Tigers physio Rob Price, but headed to the KC Stadium on Thursday to complete the job.
Waiting for him there was stylist Lance Lowe, Huddlestone's favourite London hairdresser who travelled north specifically for the job.
Speaking before turning his elaborate afro into a sleeker mohican cut, Huddlestone said: "It's been a long time coming but thankfully I managed to hit the target at the weekend and I'm finally getting the barnet chopped.
"A few of the lads suggested I go for a 'Mr T' look. I'm not going quite that bad but I am going for a mohican, it's the only thing I could think of that wouldn't make me look as stupid as I did before."
Amongst all the follicular fun, Huddlestone was keen to underline the serious issue underpinning his efforts.
"We've raised over £35,000 now and that's nearly trebled since the final whistle against Fulham," he said.
"Fair play to the public, I'd like to thank them for raising the awareness and pledging their money.
"Hopefully my next cut won't be as long coming now and I hope someone else will do the same now because it's a good cause."
Lowe, who cut Huddlestone's hair during his Tottenham days and also counts Didier Drogba among his former clients, said: "I've been texting Tom for the best part of the three years asking 'when are we doing this?'
"I couldn't wait to get my hands on that hair."