Billy Paynter: Hartlepool United move a 'fresh start'

Billy Paynter
Paynter made 21 appearances for Carlisle in his one season at Brunton Park

Striker Billy Paynter says his move to Hartlepool United is a challenge that will refresh his career after a disappointing spell at Carlisle.

Paynter, 30, played 21 games for the Cumbrians but was also involved in a dispute with manager Keith Curle about training schedules.

He and team-mate Gary Dicker sought advice from the PFA players union after they were issued club fines.

"I couldn't see myself going anywhere at Carlisle," Paynter told BBC Tees.

"I did need a fresh start, speaking to Sam Collins and the gaffer, it was a challenge I needed and wanted.

"It was difficult at times but my family helped me through. It's in the past now and I want to concentrate on my football."

Prior to the move to Brunton Park, Liverpool-born Paynter established a reputation as a reliable forward with a near one in four strike rate.

Having progressed from youth ranks to play for Port Vale, stints at Hull, Southend and Bradford came before his most profitable spell, alongside now-England striker Charlie Austin, at Swindon, whom he helped to the 2009-10 League One play-off final.

Subsequent moves to Leeds, Brighton, Doncaster, Sheffield United and Carlisle failed to match those heights, but there is optimism for the switch to Victoria Park alongside a fellow Liverpudlian in manager Ronnie Moore.

"There's real excitement about what the manager has done," Paynter said after Pools' escape from relegation last season.

"The momentum can only help us from the start and the manager has ambitions to do well."

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