Billy Paynter is first signing of new Hartlepool United regime

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Hartlepool United have signed their seventh player this summer with Billy Paynter joining the club.

The former Carlisle United front man has signed just in time to join Ronnie Moore’s squad at the beginning of pre-season training on Monday.

A statement on the club’s website says: “The Pools boss has made no secret of his desire to add a target man to his squad ahead of the new campaign and 30-year-old Paynter certainly fits the bill.

“With well over 400 senior appearances under his belt, the Liverpool-born front man also brings a wealth of experience to a largely youthful squad at The Vic.”

Paynter is the club’s first signing since JPNG took over from IOR at Victoria Park last week.

He began his career at Port Vale, alongside his new assistant manager Sam Collins, before moving on to Hull City and then to Southend United.

His spell at Swindon Town was prolific as he scored over 50 goals in three seasons with The Robins to earn a move to Leeds United in 2010.

Paynter then moved on to Doncaster Rovers, where he spent two years before joining Carlisle last summer.