Doncaster Rovers: Paynter joins Blades

Billy Paynter.
Billy Paynter.

Rovers striker Billy Paynter has joined League One side Sheffield United on loan for the rest of the season.

Paynter has found his first team opportunities limited during this campaign following the arrival of Theo Robinson plus the loan signing of Federico Macheda.

The 29-year-old striker may have played his last game for Rovers with his contract set to expire in the summer.

He will be most fondly remembered at the Keepmoat for his part in the dramatic goal that secured the League One title for Rovers at Brentford on the final day of last season, collecting the clearance after Marcello Trotta’s missed penalty and squaring to scorer James Coppinger.

Paynter has made 52 appearances and netted 13 goals for Rovers since arriving from Leeds United prior to last season.

He turned down a loan move to another League One club earlier this season.

Blades boss Nigel Clough said: “Billy is a proven striker at this level and he gives us additional options with a busy period of fixtures ahead.

“He is cup-tied but available for the league games and will be able to share the load with Chris Porter.”

Paynter is the second player to depart Rovers today after David Syers joining Scunthorpe on a permanent deal this morning.

Boss Paul Dickov is hoping to generate funds to use in order to freshen up the squad.