Ex-Leeds and Swindon star Billy Paynter looks to revive career after leaving Carlisle for Hartlepool

New signing Billy Paynter
New signing Billy Paynter

Billy Paynter is looking to “reignite” his career after becoming Hartlepool United’s seventh signing.

The 30-year-old striker completed his switch from League Two rivals Carlisle United after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

I am looking forward to the challenge and my new start here


And the target man is “very hungry” to succeed after a frustrating 12-months under Keith Curle, who he admits he didn’t see “eye-to-eye” with.

Paynter became an outcast last season and along with midfielder Gary Dicker became involved in a dispute over some of Curle’s demands that they did extra training, which led to the PFA being called in. But he is now looking forward to a fresh start and repaying Ronnie Moore’s faith.

“I was very frustrated last year but kept my mouth shut

for a long time,” said Paynter.

“I just had to be professional and keep working.

“It makes me very hungry and I can’t wait to get started.

“There were rumours I was going back to Carlisle but me and the manager didn’t see eye-to-eye.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and my new start here and the manager has certainly been busy.”

It is understood Pools have taken over the remaining 12-months of Paynter’s contract, meaning he has signed a one-year deal.

Paynter began his career at Port Vale, alongside assistant manager Sam Collins, before moving to Hull City and Southend United.

His spell at Swindon Town was prolific, scoring over 50 goals in three seasons to earn a move to Leeds United in 2010.

Paynter then moved on to Doncaster Rovers before Graham Kavanagh signed him for Carlisle, where he scored twice in 21 appearances last season.

And Paynter revealed Collins played a key role in convincing him to sign.

“Sam [Collins] and Sweens [Antony Sweeney] both spoke very highly of Pools and I am very pleased the deal is done,” added Paynter.

“Sam played a very important role and when you have an ex-teammate telling you, you do trust what they say.

“I now have an opportunity to reignite myself and what a place to do that.

“They both said there is a great bunch of lads, great fans with a great manager and what he did for the club in survival speaks volumes.

“He has shown belief to sign me, I want to pay him back.”

Moore believes Paynter will get back to his best at Pools and his signing, the first of the JPNG era, ends the summer-long search for a target man.

And the powerful Scouser, with more than 400 games to his name, fits the bill.

Moore said: “He’s got good experience and done well at lower league level so he’s exactly what we’ve been looking for really.

“He’s big, he’s strong, he holds the ball up well and will bring the midfield in to the game and hopefully he can add a few goals for us as well.

“I am sure Billy can get back to scoring some goals and help us reach the targets we’ve set for the upcoming season.”

Talks started last Tuesday and Paynter cut short his holiday to sign over the weekend.

Paynter follows goalkeeping coach Tony Caig in leaving Brunton Park for Pools and the pair face their old club on August 29 when Carlisle visit.