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Stefan Payne Pre MK Dons

24 February 2017

Loanee striker hoping to get on the scoresheet this weekend

Shrewsbury Town striker Stefan Payne is hoping that he can be the man to shoot Town to League One safety.

Payne was brought in on loan from Barnsley in January, but was forced off with a foot injury just 12 minutes into his debut.

Thankfully, Stefan’s injury wasn’t as bad as first feared and he is now hoping he can start showing what he can do.

“The injury is a lot better than first thought”, Payne told the Press.

“When I did it against Bury I feared the worse, but as the week went on it got better and better.

“I was feeling very good in the week in training and when the Gaffer started me I thought I needed to show what I can do, get some goals and then I was very unfortunate 10 minutes in.

“But, that happens in football, it’s not always good, you just have to get on with it and hopefully I can show what I can do.”

Stefan has been impressed by Town’s recent run of form and is looking to repay Paul Hurst’s faith for bringing him to the club.

“The manager is great”, said Stefan.

“He brought me in, showed me great faith in me by throwing me straight in to start, so I would like to repay him with goals and keep Shrewsbury up in League One.

“We’re going very well at the minute, I think we’ve lost only once in the last 7 or 8 games, so it would be good to continue that on Saturday, but we just take every game as it comes.

“I haven’t seen much of MK Dons, but I know that they are around us in the league, but really it is about us because if we do what we can do on the day then we have more than enough to beat them.”

Meanwhile, Stefan has settled in very quickly and has been really impressed by the atmosphere in the changing room.

“It’s a very happy place”, Payne said.

“You don’t always know what to expect, every football club is different, but here is it very good. The boys have welcomed me in well, so it’s a very nice place to be.

“The boys are buzzing, we are in a good place, we are winning games, so it’s a very happy place to be honest.”

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