Sheffield United: Billy is buzzing again

Billy Paynter is glad to be a Blade � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Billy Paynter is glad to be a Blade � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Billy Paynter says joining Sheffield United has rekindled his appetite for the game following a disappointing spell at Doncaster Rovers, writes James Shield.

The former Leeds and Swindon Town centre-forward made the admission ahead of today’s League One fixture against Bristol City which could see Nigel Clough’s side climb above the visitors in the table.

Paynter, whose loan is scheduled to expire at the end of the season, was an influential member of the Rovers’ squad which gained promotion to the Championship last term before becoming a peripheral figure under new manager Paul Dickov.

“Coming here has given me that ‘buzz’ back,” Paynter told The Star. “I’m involved and it feels great to be a part of things.

“Things went well a year ago (at Rovers) and then someone else took charge and they had their own ideas which is fair enough.

“I kept on working and training hard but there came a point when I thought ‘this is never going to happen.’”

Paynter, who has made four appearances since leaving the Keepmoat Stadium, partnered Chris Porter in attack at Gillingham in midweek as a fourth consecutive win in all competitions lifted United out of the relegation zone.

“I’ve come here to help the team out, hopefully repay the manager’s faith for bringing me here and then see what happens,” Paynter said. “I’ll do whatever I can.

“The next match of the season is always the biggest. That’s the attitude we’ve got to have.

“But there’s a lot of confidence in the dressing room because of that run.”