Payne’s gains from new life at Blackpool

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Jack Payne says he is enjoying life as a Blackpool player and believes his new team are beginning to click.

The 24-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Seasiders since signing in August and bagged his first goal in the 4-1 win over Newport County last weekend.

This is Kent-born Payne’s first taste of life in the north – following stints at Gillingham, Peterborough and Leyton Orient – and he couldn’t be happier.

The midfielder said: “I’ve enjoyed my time here so far. To be fair to the gaffer I wanted to come and play games, and he’s put me in and kept faith with me.

“Hopefully my performances will keep me in the team.

“I’ve signed until the end of the season, so we’ll just see how it goes.

“I’m loving my time here and I haven’t got a bad word to say about it.”

Payne has become an ever present in Gary Bowyer’s side, not missing a League Two game since the start of September, and has struck up a good partnership with skipper Danny Pugh in the centre of midfield.

And such partnerships have been key to Pool’s improved form, according to Payne, who insists the team have the right balance all over the pitch.

“I think we’re getting there now,” he added. “We’ve got a good balance in the team. Danny is a lefty and I’m a righty.

“We’ve also got a lefty and a righty on either wing and we’re striking up some good combinations.

“You’ve seen in our last few games together that it’s beginning to click. We’re getting better and better now. Our understanding is there and we’re a strong outfit.”

Pool’s recent spike in form has been spearheaded by strikers Kyle Vassell and Jamille Matt, who have nine goals between them in the last six games.

“The two boys up front are such a handful,” Payne said. “They’re powerful, and when you’ve got that in your team you can be frightening at times.

“If we get the ball in the right areas, then we know they’re going to score goals.”

Payne has tended to be rested for cup games and Blackpool now face two in quick succession – against Brackley Town in the FA Cup at Bloomfield Road on Saturday and away to Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy next Tuesday evening.