|Full name||William Paul Paynter|
|Date of birth||13 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Doncaster Rovers|
|2005–2006||→ Hull City (loan)||9||(3)|
|2006||→ Southend United (loan)||1||(0)|
|2007||→ Bradford City (loan)||15||(4)|
|2011–2012||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:28, 29 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He started his career with Port Vale in 2000, and made over 150 appearances in his six years with the club, being voted Player of the Year in 2005. Sold to Hull City in 2006, he was sold on to Southend United later that year. His career stalled, and following a loan spell with Bradford City, he moved on to Swindon Town in 2007. Averaging more than a goal every three games with the club, he transferred to Leeds United in 2010. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan in October 2011, before taking a free transfer to Doncaster Rovers in August 2012. He helped "Donny" to win the League One title in 2012–13.
Born in Liverpool, Paynter grew up an Everton supporter. He started his career at Port Vale, signing professional forms in 2000 after graduating through the youth set-up. Manager Brian Horton gave Paynter his debut against Walsall at Vale Park on 3 May 2001. At only 16 years and 294 days old, this made him the youngest Vale player for twenty years.
Horton went on to give the young striker seven further Second Division games in the 2001–02 season. He scored his first senior goal past Notts County on 17 September 2002, making him the club's youngest goalscorer for 24 years. By the end of the season he had scored five goals in 34 appearances. Still a teenager during the 2003–04 season, he hit 14 goals in 48 games, leaving him second in the club's scoring charts behind the prolific Stephen McPhee. He was rewarded with a long-term contract at the season's end.
He finished the 2004–05 campaign as the club's top-scorer with thirteen goals in fifty games; this came despite criticism from some supporters for a mini-goal drought in mid-season. In March, manager Martin Foyle dismissed rumours of Paynter moving to nearby Crewe Alexandra. At the end of the season, fans voted Paynter as the club's Player of the Year. He started the 2005–06 season with just two goals in sixteen League One games, but had still done enough in his Port Vale career to justify a move into Championship football. The club reported Tony Pulis' Plymouth Argyle to The Football Association for an alleged illegal approach for the player, but accepted a bid from Hull City.
In November 2005, Hull City manager Peter Taylor signed Paynter on loan, then later negotiated a permanent transfer for an initial fee of £150,000 in the January transfer window. Team-mate Sam Collins also moved to Hull at the same time. Again, Paynter mainly played as a striker, but also made some appearances as a right midfielder. He scored three times in his 23 appearances, before moving on again at the end of the season.
Paynter also played for a Football League England U21 team (selected and managed by Peter Taylor) in a game against an Italian Serie B side, a match which took place at the KC Stadium in February 2006. Paynter played as a right-midfielder.
Paynter joined Southend United on a three year contract on 7 August 2006 for an undisclosed fee, although he actually joined the "Shrimpers" a few days earlier on loan, to enable him to play in their match against Stoke City. He scored his first and what turned out to be only Southend goal in a 3–2 League Cup victory over Brighton. He lost his place in the first team due to a lack of goals.
Paynter's stay at Southend was brief, aided by a hamstring injury, and on the last day of the January transfer window of the 2006–07 season he was loaned out to Bradford City for a month. In all he made just eleven appearances for Southend.
Bradford City loan
Paynter made his debut for Bradford City against Nottingham Forest on 3 February 2007 – he scored a last minute equaliser to earn the "Bantams" a 2–2 draw. He played fifteen times for Bradford, scoring four goals, after his loan was extended to the end of the season.
In August 2007, Paynter signed for Swindon Town on transfer deadline day on a three year contract. He made his debut on 9 September, coming on as a substitute in a televised defeat against Yeovil. He hit a hat-trick against Bournemouth in September 2007, and followed this up with a double against Gillingham in a 5–0 win in early October 2007. In one week in January 2008 he scored a goal and an own goal in an FA Cup replay with Barnet, before he was sent off in a League One game with Crewe Alexandara.
Cox was sold to West Bromwich Albion in summer 2009, and Paynter was given a more prominent role in attack as a result of his departure. He netted fifteen goals in a seventeen match run from the end of November through to April. Paynter was named as the League One Player of the Month for January – an award he was also nominated for again in March – and at this point Paynter also entered negotiations over a new contract with Swindon. On 3 April 2010, Paynter scored a brace for Swindon in their 3–0 rout of Leeds United at Elland Road – the win gave Swindon some hope of achieving automatic promotion. He had also previously scored twice against Leeds that season in a 3–0 win at the County Ground. Swindon reached the League One play-offs, and won their play-off semi final after beating Charlton Athletic on penalties – Paynter had missed the first leg through injury, but returned for the second leg which saw Swindon edge into the final at Wembley. He overcame a slight injury doubt and managed to play from the start in Swindon's 1–0 defeat to Millwall, with Paynter being substituted late on in the second half. During the 2009–10 season Paynter also managed to form a formidable strike partnership with fellow striker Charlie Austin, as the pair scored a total of 49 goals between them. In total Paynter scored 29 goals for Swindon during the 2009–10 season, representing his best goal scoring ratio in a single season.
In June 2010, after turning down a new deal at Swindon Town, Paynter accepted a three-year deal with newly promoted Leeds United. He featured in both of Leeds' pre-season games in Slovakia and scored his first goal for the club as Leeds defeated MFK Košice 1–0 on 16 July. On 23 July, it was reported that Paynter would be ruled out for two-months after reports surfaced he was suffering a stress fracture of the shin after picking up an injury during Leeds' pre season. The injury ruled him out of the rest of the pre-season campaign, with manager Simon Grayson claiming that no exact timescale has been put on Paynter's recovery from injury. Six days later Paynter was awarded the number 9 shirt for Leeds United during the 2010 squad number announcements, taking over from former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford. He returned to training at the start of September, and played 90 minutes in Leeds' 3–1 behind closed doors friendly win against Middlesbrough in order to help gain match fitness. However, Paynter later suffered a reaction to his injury, keeping him out of action longer than expected.
Paynter made his long awaited comeback in reserve team action against Scunthorpe reserves. On 30 October, Paynter made his debut as a second half substitute in a 4–1 defeat of Scunthorpe United. He made his Elland Road debut as a second half substitute against Hull City on 9 November, before he made his full debut for Leeds against Portsmouth on 28 December. He scored his first goal for Leeds in a 2–1 win at Preston North End on 8 March. Leeds kept faith in Paynter for the following game against Ipswich Town, as he again kept his starting place at the expense of Luciano Becchio. He was given his first red card in a Leeds shirt in a 2–0 defeat at Sheffield United on 19 March. After an injury to Becchio, Paynter returned to the Leeds starting line-up in a goalless draw with Reading the following month. He had a poor debut season at Leeds, Scoring just once in 23 games, and was linked with a move to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United in the summer.
Paynter scored his first goal of the season at Elland Road in Leeds' 3–2 pre-season victory against Newcastle United. He came on as a substitute for Leeds on the opening day of the 2011–12 season as they suffered a 3–1 defeat against Southampton; he missed a chance to score when his one-on-one was saved by Kelvin Davis. Paynter was set to start against his former club Bradford City due to a striker crisis leaving him and Ross McCormack as the only available strikers at the club, however he missed the game through injury and also the match against Middlesbrough. His injury meant that Leeds signed Andy Keogh on loan to help cover the striking crisis at the club.
On 31 August, Paynter was given permission to speak with Brighton & Hove Albion regarding a move to the club. However decided to stay at Leeds and fight for his place at the club. With Luciano Becchio returning from injury and the signing of Mikael Forssell, Paynter fell further down the pecking order for Leeds and manager Simon Grayson hinted that he would allow Paynter to go out on loan.
After not playing since the opening day of the season for Leeds, In October reports circulated that several Championship clubs were interested in taking Paynter on loan. Manager Simon Grayson confirmed on 20 October that Leeds were looking to loan Paynter out, however they would not loan him to a rival club in the same division and were currently considering an offer from an unnamed League One side. On 27 October 2011, Paynter signed for Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until 2 January 2012. He made his debut for the club on 29 October, as a second half substitute against Birmingham City. He played a total of ten games without scoring before he returned to Elland Road.
Paynter made his first start of the season for Leeds and his first start under Neil Warnock on 14 April 2012, coming into the side against Peterborough United, scoring his first and second goals of the season for Leeds in a 4–1 home win. He was given a second consecutive start in the following game against Blackpool, however he picked up an Achilles injury in the game which ended his season prematurely. Warnock placed him on the transfer list at the end of the 2011–12 season.
Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders was strongly linked with a move for the striker at the end of July. However Paynter instead joined Blackpool for a week long trial. The trial was cut short after a few days, and he began training with Doncaster Rovers. When Leeds issued their squad numbers for the 2012–13 season on 3 August, it was revealed that Paynter, previously the club's number nine, had not been allocated a number.
Following a trial spell, Paynter completed a free transfer to League One side Doncaster Rovers on 13 August 2012, signing a two-year contract. He scored 13 goals in 40 games in the 2012–13 campaign, and on the last day of the season he provided the pass to James Coppinger which was converted for the dramatic winning goal over Brentford at Griffin Park that won "Donny" promotion to the Championship as champions of League One.
Paynter played for a Football League England U21 team (selected and managed by Peter Taylor) in a game against an Under 21 Italy squad containing players from Serie B side's, a match which took place at the KC Stadium in February 2006. Paynter played as a right-midfielder.
- As of 28 April 2013.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Others||Total|
|2000–01||Port Vale||Second Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Port Vale Total||144||30||6||3||3||0||5||1||158||34|
|2005–06||Hull City (loan)||Championship||9||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||3|
|Hull City Total||22||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||23||3|
|2006–07||Bradford City (loan)||League One||15||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||4|
|Southend United Total||9||0||0||0||2||1||0||0||11||1|
|2007–08||Swindon Town||League One||36||8||4||2||0||0||0||0||40||10|
|Swindon Town Total||122||45||8||3||3||3||6||0||139||51|
|2011–12||Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Leeds United Total||27||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||28||3|
|2012–13||Doncaster Rovers||League One||37||13||1||0||1||0||1||0||40||13|
|Doncaster Rovers Total||39||13||1||0||3||1||1||0||44||14|
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- Port Vale
- Swindon Town
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