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Dons trip evokes happy memories for Jack

Playmaker's first two career goals came at Tuesday night's venue

26 February 2018

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Tuesday evening will be a trip down memory lane for Rovers loanee Jack Payne, who will join the rest of the squad for the game at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Wimbledon's home was the venue when Jack hit a double for maiden club Southend United back in 2014, and the pair of goals really kickstarted his professional career.
 
Since that night - a Checkatrade Trophy clash - Payne's gone on to achieve promotions from League Two and the Championship with Southend and Huddersfield respectively.
 
And a third could well be on the cards should Rovers continue in the same form of late, but back to the present day and Payne says he still remembers that night at Wimbledon from four years ago fondly.
 
“I have great memories from playing against AFC Wimbledon," the 23-year-old said. "My first professional goal came there and I scored my second there shortly after.
 
“It seems a long time ago but I remember that night very clearly. It was a cup game but unfortunately we didn’t go through. It went to penalties, and even though I scored mine, it wasn’t enough.
 
“I remember my first goal was a poacher’s effort and the second was a nice goal from the edge of the area, which I was really pleased with as it was scored with my right foot.
 
“It was a good night personally for me. It helped me massively. I started the following league game and got my place in the team from then on in."
 
Since then, he's not really looked back, and hopefully history can repeat itself four years on and he can hit a double in Rovers colours for his most recent visit.

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