Doncaster Rovers: Email Payn’ for released Billy

Billy Paynter
Billy Paynter

Billy Paynter admits he is disappointed his time at Rovers was ended with an email.

Paynter was among seven players released by the club a fortnight ago.

And while the striker expected to be among those not offered new terms, he says he would have welcomed the chance to sit down with boss Paul Dickov.

“I knew it was coming but I ended up finding out by email which was pretty disappointing,” Paynter told the Free Press. “I thought I’d at least be called into the office to talk it through and be given a few reasons why it didn’t really work out.

“But it wasn’t to be and I’m just looking ahead now.”

Paynter departs the Keepmoat after two contrasting years at the club.

After his summer 2012 arrival, Paynter played a major role in the League One title winning side, scoring 13 goals.

But he started just one game last season before joining Sheffield United on loan from January until the end of the season.

Paynter insists he was never told why he was not in Dickov’s plans.

He said: “I wanted to play but he 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.

“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.”

Despite the decline of his Rovers career, the 29-year-old moves on with happy memories.

His name will forever be a part of Rovers folklore after the major part he played in the goal which secured the title at Brentford a year ago.

Paynter said: “I really enjoyed my time in Doncaster.

“It was a great group of lads and I’ve made some really good mates.

“The year in League One was brilliant and I’ll never forget that day at Brentford. It was mad.

“Those 20-odd seconds were unbelievable, especially when I was running with the ball on goal.

“The celebrations were incredible. John Ryan promised he’d do the chicken dance if we won the league and I made sure he kept his word.”

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.”