Bristol Rovers have signed former Barnsley, Gillingham and Fulham striker Stefan Payne from Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee, confirmed by the club website.

Bristol Rovers have signed former Barnsley, Gillingham and Fulham striker Stefan Payne from Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee.

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Manager’s thoughts –

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke said: “Stefan is a player that adds to our quality in the forward positions and I would like to welcome him to Bristol Rovers”

“He’s a player that enjoyed a good goal return last season with his goals helping Shrewsbury to reach the play-off final.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing Stefan fit into the squad of players we have assembled over the summer and his arrival adds competition for places within the starting eleven.”

About Stefan Payne –

The striker started his career in non-league, Payne played for Sutton United before drawing the attention from a host of EFL clubs, interest that saw the striker spent time at Fulham as a trainee.

Following this, Stefan Payne had spells at Gillingham, Aldershot, Macclesfield and a return to Sutton followed, before he penned a deal at Dover Athletic.

A return of 43 goals in just over eighty appearances, attracted the interest of the then Championship side, Barnsley, who Payne joined in May 2016.

He had a run of games in the Championship, but Payne joined the Shrewsbury Town, initially on loan, before joining permanently in August 2017.

Last season, the striker’s goals helped the team guided by Paul Hurst to become the surprise package of the division, leading the table for a large proportion of the season before being defeated at Wembley in the play-off final to Rotherham.


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