Paul Hanlon has identified the two Hibs players he looked up to as a kid.

The experienced defender has spent almost all of his professional career at the club he grew up supporting. To date, Hanlon has made 419 appearances for Hibs.

Paul Hanlon has legendary status

Paul Hanlon has legendary status. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)

He’s named the two Hibees he loved to watch growing up. For Hanlon, it was Franck Sauzee and Russell Latapy.

“Franck Sauzee has always been my favourite,” Hanlon told Hibs’ website. “He played mostly in defence for Hibs but he had the odd games in midfield as well. I enjoyed watching Russell Latapy as well – I really looked up to them and wanted to be like them when I got older.

Sauzee was his favourite. (Jamie McDonald /Allsport

“I came in at a stage when Tony Mowbray was still the manager. When I left school at 16 I went from supporting Hibs to being in the same working environment as guys who I had just been watching every Saturday.

“It was a dream to play for Hibs. To do it once was a dream come true. To see my name on the back of the shirt after having all the kits when I was growing up – sometimes with a player’s name and others with my own – to see it for real was a great feeling.”

Living the dream

Hanlon really has completed many a Hibees dream. Looking up to the likes of Sauzee and Latapy, Hanlon has gone on to become an inspiration for the next generation of Hibs fans.

An inspiration. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

He’s did so much for the Easter Road side and he’ll always have a place in their history with his achievements. The Scottish Cup in 2016 is obviously a highlight but he’s did enough to earn a testimonial too.

Not many pros can say that in the modern era – and that’s a testament to the experienced defender.

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