Doncaster Rovers: Release was no surprise for Paynter

Billy Paynter
Billy Paynter

Billy Paynter admitted he was not surprised when he was informed of his release from Rovers.

But he says he still is in the dark over why he did not fit into Paul Dickov’s plans last term.

Paynter was a key member of the squad which won promotion from League One a year ago.

But he made only one start and a handful of substitute appearances once Dickov took the reigns last summer.

With opportunities limited, Paynter joined Sheffield United on loan in January and did not return to the Keepmoat.

Paynter said: “I wanted to play but the gaffer had other ideas.

“That’s football. It wasn’t a case of us being at each other’s throats.

“I came off the bench and scored against Leeds in the cup early in the season and thought I’d found my way in.

“There was never any point when I was told why I wasn’t getting my chance.

“I just carried on working hard in training and trying to force my way in.

“I turned down loan moves because I wanted to fight for my place but it became clear that I wasn’t going to get a chance which is why I agreed to go to Sheffield United.

“As it turned out, it didn’t really work there either because they got on a roll with the FA Cup.”

Paynter is currently listening to offers from potential new employers but is optimistic about the future.

He said: “There’s been a bit of interest so I’ll be deciding what’s going to be the best for me and my family.

“I’m still confident that I can make a big difference at a club and score goals. Hopefully there’s a club that agrees with me.”