BILLY Paynter is a massive force in League One says Rob Jones a defender that knows the league inside and out.
Paynter, who joined from Leeds United in the summer, scored in Rovers’ last outing at Yeovil, is a good outlet for the defence to use and scored regularly for Swindon at this level before.
Luckily for Jones he only has to deal with the six foot striker in training but admits that he’s an awkward opponent and really effective in this league.
“He’s a real handful in training,” Jones told The Star.
“I don’t think I’ve played against him before but he is a big lad and he works hard on and off the ball for us and we need team players like him.
“He got a real predator’s goal against Yeovil and really deserved it.”
Liverpudlian Paynter also boasts the stereotypical Scouse wit and likes to rub it in should he get top side of anybody in training.
“He’s a character and you can tell that he wants to do well this year,” added Jones.
“He’s vastly experienced and has got an awful lot of goals at this level and Billy will tell you himself how he wants to be successful.”
After tasting promotion with Sheffield Wednesday last season after enjoying a loan spell with the Owls in League One the year before, Jones can be classed as a veteran of the league and believes that Paynter and the rest of the strikeforce are capable of pulling their weight up front.
“Chris Brown works hard for the team too and I know that Iain Hume who we’ve brought in on loan is a good player too. We’ve got goals in the side.
“It’s good that we’ve got other players chipping in from different areas with goals too.”
Jones’ central defensive partner Jamie McCombe concurs that Paynter is going to be a big player for Rovers this season.
McCombe said: “He could be massive for us. He had a fantastic season and did well at Swindon and earned his move to Leeds.
“I think he was unlucky at Leeds. He picked up a few injuries at the wrong time and that didn’t help him.
“He has proved at this level he is a top quality striker. He scored a lot of goals with Charlie Austin and proved his worth and I’m sure he will again.”