Rovers sign striker Billy Paynter

Billy Paynter
Billy Paynter

BILLY Paynter has completed his move from Leeds United to Doncaster Rovers.

The 28-year-old striker becomes Rovers’ seventh new arrival of the summer following the addition of defenders Paul Quinn and Jamie McCombe last week.

Paynter has trained with Rovers during pre-season and assistant boss Brian Carey made no secret of the club’s interest in signing the former Swindon and Brighton front man.

Boss Dean Saunders had been more guarded about the speculation surrounding Paynter, who was transfer listed by Leeds at the end of last season.

But following the completion of Brian Stock’s protracted move to Burnley over the weekend, which gave Saunders room to manoeuvre in the transfer market, Rovers’ boss wasted no time at all in securing his top striking target.

After Saturday’s Capital One Cup win over York, Saunders said: “We need someone to put the ball in the back of the net and get on the end of chances.

“There were lots of balls going into the box on Saturday but there was no one on the end of them.

“We need a goalscorer.”

Paynter has signed a two-year deal at the Keepmoat Stadium and could go straight into the side to face Walsall this weekend, along with giant defender Jamie McCombe.

Saunders will also this week decide on the future of trialists Karl Hawley, Amari Morgan-Smith and James Harper who were all spectators at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.