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Playmaker Payne puts pen to paper

The attacking midfielder will remain a Rover until the end of the season

16 January 2018

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Rovers are delighted to announce the signing of Huddersfield Town playmaker Jack Payne on loan until the end of the 2017-18 season.

Payne, who scored one of the Oxford goals against Rovers at the Kassam Stadium earlier this season, arrives on a deal until the end of the current campaign after signing this morning.

The attacking midfielder started his career at fellow League One side Southend United, coming through the youth system to make 88 appearances for the first team, scoring 17 times.

After picking up the club's Player of the Year award, a move to then Championship club Huddersfield followed in June 2016.

Payne played his part in the Yorkshire side's promotion to the Premier League last term, featuring in 23 league games and scoring two goals, including the winner at Newcastle United.

Loaned out by David Wagner in the summer, Oxford won the race for the 23-year-old's signature and he joined the Yellows on an initial season-long deal.

He starred under U's boss Pep Clotet, scoring seven times and claiming nine assists in all competitions, before being recalled by his parent club earlier this week.

In the last three seasons, our new signing has been promoted twice - from League Two with Southend and the Championship with Huddersfield - and will be aiming to complete the EFL set with Rovers come the end of the season.

Payne will wear squad number 19 during his stay at Ewood Park and is set to be in the squad for Rovers' trip to Fleetwood on Saturday.

Welcome to Rovers, Jack!

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