HULL City midfielder Tom Huddlestone is sporting a new look after his first haircut in more than two-and-a-half-years.
Huddlestone, who joined Hull from Spurs at the start of the season, has been growing out his afro in aid of Charity 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 in their victory against Fulham last weekend.
He celebrated with an impromptu snip on the sidelines, courtesy of Tigers physio Rob Price, but headed to the KC Stadium yesterday to complete the job.
Waiting for him there was stylist Lance Lowe, Huddlestone’s favourite London hairdresser who travelled north specifically for the job.
He 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..
“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.”