Billy Paynter

William Paul Paynter (born 13 July 1984) is an English former professional footballer and coach who now coaches at Port Vale. In a 17-year professional career in the English Football League he played as a striker and scored 131 goals in 529 league and cup appearances. Born in Liverpool, 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. He was sold to Hull City in January 2006, before moving on to Southend United eight months later. His career stalled, and following a loan spell with Bradford City, he moved on to Swindon Town in August 2007. Averaging more than a goal every three games with the club, he transferred to Leeds United in June 2010. He joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan in October 2011, before taking a free transfer to Doncaster Rovers in August 2012. He helped Rovers to win the League One title in 2012–13. He was loaned out to Sheffield United in January 2014. He signed with Carlisle United in June 2014, moving on to Hartlepool United twelve months later. He dropped into non-league football for a brief spell with Warrington Town in November 2017. He moved into coaching after retiring as a player and has coached at the academies at Everton, RIASA and Port Vale.