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INTERVIEW: He sold the club to me

28 June 2014

Billy Paynter on his two year deal with the Cumbrians

Experienced striker Billy Paynter confirmed that he had agreed terms on a two-year deal with the Cumbrians ahead of the weekend so we sat down with him to discuss what is about to become the next chapter of his career.  

"I've been speaking to the manager while we were both away on holiday so it's nice to get everything agreed ahead of pre-season," he said. 

"There were other offers on the table but when I met the manager he really sold the club to me. He told me how he wants to take it forward and it was nice that he wants me to be a part of that."

"The two year deal is good," he confirmed. "It gives me time to settle and I'm looking to hit the ground running. 

"I can't wait to come back for pre-season and meet my new team mates. The fact that the club is in league two didn't really matter once I'd spoken to the manager because he made it clear the aim is to get straight back out of the league. Hopefully I can be a big part of that and help move the club forward." 

"It's a new challenge for me and one that I'm really looking forward to," he said. "I'm sure the rest of the lads will be raring to go as well because it's never nice when you go down. 

"With all of the new faces in the squad there shouldn't be much of a hangover, or anything like that, so we'll all be focused on the first game against Luton."

Looking back at his career so far, he said: "My time with Swindon was probably the best in terms of goal scoring. Hopefully I can do something similar here and I'm sure once I get a good pre-season behind me I'll be ready to really kick on again. 

"I like to think I'm a strong player who can link the play up and put my head in when the ball is put in the right areas. I'm not a selfish striker at all. I'll work hard for the team, but I do love scoring goals." 

"I've played at Brunton Park quite a few times and it's something I'm really looking forward to doing as a Carlisle United player," he told us. "I've been to enough clubs to get used to the first day, and meeting a new bunch of lads, so I don't really get nervous about stuff like that any more. 

"The fans have already been great with me on the social media side of things so I'm just looking forward to hopefully celebrating quite a few goals with them in the near future."

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