Payne playing for Sydney FC Youth in 2008
|Full name||Christopher Payne|
|Date of birth||15 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Gosford, Australia|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2010–2011||North Queensland Fury||21||(4)|
|2012||Bonnyrigg White Eagles||20||(4)|
|2013–2014||Central Coast Mariners Academy||21||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17.9.14.
† Appearances (Goals).
He finished his HSC at Narrabeen Sports High School.
Payne played in all of Sydney's three trial matches and scored a double against his former club Manly United at Cromer Park. His first official competitive outing for Sydney FC came against Queensland Roar in the opening Pre-Season Cup match of the season. Sydney ended up winning the match 2-1 with Payne scoring Sydney's first to level the scores at 1-1 and as a consequence become the club's youngest ever player to score in a fully competitive match. He was officially transferred from Manly a week before the opening round of the 2008/09 season with Manly FC receiving $3000 for the transfer.
He scored his first goal for Sydney FC in the 3-1 victory against Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium. While playing against the Wellington Phoenix in the 2009/10 Preliminary final, he scored a controversial goal with his arm. Despite displaying good form during Sydney FC's Finals run, he was not offered a new contract, and went back to his junior club Manly United. On 28 June Payne signed a deal with North Queensland Fury for their following season.
North Queensland Fury
Payne scored his first goal for the Townsville club in their Round 1, 3-3 draw with Perth Glory. His goal leveled the scores in the first half at 1-1. He again scored against the Glory in the return match in Townsville, hitting a spectacular strike to the top corner of the Glory goal to open the scoring in the Fury's 2-1 win. On 7 December 2010, as a result of the North Queensland Fury folding, it was confirmed Payne signed a two year contract with the Newcastle Jets. 
Payne made his debut for the Jets, in a pre-season friendly against NSW Premier League club Sutherland Sharks, where he helped the Jets to a 2-1 victory, scoring in the first half. His first A-League appearance for the club came in the 2-1 loss to his former club Sydney FC at Ausgrid Stadium on 17 December 2011.
Despite having a year left on his contract, Payne's future at the Jets looks to be uncertain under new manager Gary van Egmond who has made it clear that Payne is not part of his squad plans, as he believes he is not good enough. It was revealed in January 2012, that the Jets and fellow A-League club Gold Coast United were preparing a 'trade' for Payne with Tahj Minniecon. However this move was thwarted, when Minniecon suffered a heel injury a week before the transfer was to go through, in a Youth League game against Sydney FC. It was announced on 3 February 2012 that Newcastle Jets and Payne had mutually agreed to terminate his contract, more than a year before it expired, due to being unable to secure his position in the squad, as well as it being publicly known that Payne was not part of Van Egmond's squad plans.
Central Coast Mariners Academy
A-League career statistics
(Correct as of 16 February 2011)
|North Queensland Fury||2010–11||21||4||4||-||-||-||-||-||-||21||4||4|
With Sydney FC:
- Chris Payne inks deal with Bonnyrigg White Eagles - Football NSW Article
- Sydney FC inflicts Payne on Manly United
- Cockerill, Michael (25 January 2010). "Sydney rise to the challenge with title hopes on the line". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Can Payne be excused or is he the A-League’s Henry?, The Roar, Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
- "Wellington Phoenix lament 'unacceptable' goal". Stuff.co.nz. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
- http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/a-league-stars-to-boost-manly-united/ A-League stars to boost Manly United
- http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/cap-squeeze-on-perry/ Cap squeeze on Perry
- Fury Swoop For Payne
- "Late equaliser dampens Glory season opener". WA Today. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
- "Fergie Tastes Defeat In First Game". FourFourTwo Australia. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- "Chris Payne signs two year deal with Jets". Fosxsports Australia. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- "Newcastle Jets knock off Sutherland Sharks in friendly hit-out". NSW Premier League. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- Hughes, Mark (17 December 2011). "Sydney FC claim F3 derby". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- Leeson, Josh (3 January 2012). "Van Egmond tells Jets: No compromise". Newcastle Hereld. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- Kerry, Craig (25 January 2012). "Tiago upbeat as team goes bush". Newcastle Hereld. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- Gardiner, James (26 January 2012). "Tahj Minniecon injury halts Chris Payne's trade". Newcastle Hereld. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Jets & Payne agree to part ways". Football Federation Australia. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- [tt_news=7301&tx_ttnews[backPid]=537&cHash=11c3c616a0 "NSW Pre Season Cup Round 1 Review"]. NSW Premier League. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.