Paynter proud to be Hartlepool captain

Billy Paynter
Billy Paynter

New Hartlepool United captain Billy Paynter has spoken of his pride after being handed the armband by Ronnie Moore.

The Pools boss had been keeping his cards close to his chest over who would be leading the side out against Morecambe at Victoria Park when the new season starts this Saturday.

It’s definitely a role I will look forward to.

Scott Harrison and Michael Woods, along with 31-year-old Paynter, had captained the side during the friendly matches.

But Moore has now confirmed his Scouse striker, who will start the season alongside Rakish Bingham, as captain.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” said Paynter, after Moore confirmed the news live on Sky Sports News.

“The manager has had a couple of captains over pre-season so to be told live on Sky Sports News that it was going to me came as a big surprise really!

“It’s definitely a role I will look forward to though. I’ve never been a captain before but to be honest you usually don’t need an armband because we need all the players to be captains.

“It just shows how quickly things can change in a year – I wasn’t playing football and I was out of favour but I’ve been given a fresh start here and a new lease of life and now this is a massive boost in confidence to be given the armband.

“It’s a real privilege and I will be very proud to lead the team out on Saturday – hopefully I will be able to have my kids walk out with me and share that moment,” added the ex-Carlisle United frontman, who signed in the summer.