Payne looks to repay Woking

By Jacob Greenwood 

Everything Woking FC Player of the Season, Josh Payne, has revealed he feels like he ‘owes’ Woking after they signed the free agent last summer.

Payne, who had been released from his contract at Aldershot Town before serving a custodial sentance, was picked up by Cards manager Garry Hill. The midfielder went on to impress in his first season with the club and even earned multiple call ups to the England C side.

The 23-year-old, who was reportedly sought after by Football League clubs including Stevenage,recently signed a new contract with The Cards and believes he owes Woking for giving him a second chance. He told the NLP:

“Woking gave me a massive chance and I appreciate that. I feel it is only right to stay. I owe Woking.”

Reflecting on the past year, the midfielder continued:

“Going away with England C at the end of the season was great, especially considering where I had been a year ago. It’s behind me now – I’m pushing on and enjoying my football.


Payne celebrates his goal against Hereford United
Payne celebrates his goal against Hereford United

“I hit sticky patches as an individual, let alone the patch we had in November as a team. But I think any player has that where they hit a bit of poor form – it’s how you react to it.”

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