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Exciting times ahead for Payne

9 July 2013

Youngster is looking forward to the season getting started

Having signed his first professional contract, youngster Jack Payne is now looking forward to the ‘exciting times ahead’.

The 18-year-old, who joined the club at the age of 15, signed a one year pro deal yesterday after impressing manager Phil Brown in pre-season training, and in the friendly against Great Wakering on Saturday.

Payne himself is now focused firmly on what lies ahead. He said: “It was good to get the contract signed and I’m delighted that I’m going to be here for the season.

“I was injured when the new manager came in and that was hard for me and was pretty tough to take. But I know Ricky Duncan spoke positively about me and the manager wanted to see what I could do.

“Obviously what he said about me after Saturday’s game gives me a lot of confidence. I really enjoyed it, I’m not used to playing in that position but it was a good experience.

“It’s been really tough, the pre-season training, but it’s great to be in and around the first-team. There’s been lots of running but we’ve also done quite a bit of ball work which has been good.”

The youngster doesn’t see his height as a problem and is hopeful he can make a big impression in the first-team this season.

“Obviously I’m quite small, but I think times are changing in football and people realise you don’t have to be big to be good,” he added.

“I think I’m able to handle myself against anyone so hopefully I can prove that to the manager and try and get into the squad for as many matches as possible and hopefully get some games under my belt.”

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