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Midfielder Jack Payne says he may not have played his last game for Gillingham despite departure to Peterborough on loan

01 February 2013
by Alex Hoad

Jack Payneby Luke Cawdell

A whirlwind week saw Gills youngster Jack Payne clinch a loan deal with Championship side Peterborough United.

Payne signed on loan at Peterborough last Friday – days after a possible move to Crystal Palace fell through – but he admits he still has much to prove.

He needs to impress to earn himself a permanent deal with his new club or he may find himself back at Priestfield.

"I loved it at Gills but there is nothing to say I won’t go back because I am only on loan and there is nothing set yet," said the 20-year-old from Cliffe.

"My loan finishes in May and I will be on my way back down anyway for the summer. I could be in pre-season as normal. We will just have to wait and see.

"If I do well, then maybe Peterborough will offer me something but if not, it could open the door for other places as well. It is a chance for me to play at this level and get games under my belt."

Payne gets his first chance to shine on Saturday when Peterborough host Burnley.

"It is a good move for me and to be jumping up two leagues is something I couldn’t turn down," said Payne.

"I haven’t played as many games as I would have liked this season at Gillingham and so this was just a move that suited both parties and it’s an opportunity for me now.

"I just want to get going and play now for Peterborough. I have had a couple of training sessions and the boys have made me feel welcome and haven’t left me out of anything. I just want to get on with it."

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