Treble-winning Paine wants his experience to rub off at Stow
Matt Paine believes his experience of winning the treble at Billericay Town last season can help his new club Stowmarket Town to promotion, writes Alex Moss.
The 30-year-old former Colchester United trainee has dropped down two leagues to play for the Old Gold and Blacks, having played at Step 3 or above during his career up to this point, including spells at Braintree Town, Boreham Wood and Thurrock.
Paine racked up close to 50 appearances for Billericay in 2017/18 and played a key part in their Bostik League Premier Division triumph, as well as winning both the Velocity Trophy and Essex Senior Cup.
And ahead of Stow’s season opener at home to Thetford Town tomorrow (3pm), the central midfielder is confident his new club can finish 2018/19 with the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division crown.
“I think no footballer wants to be second best,” he said. “Every footballer wants to win things.
“I’m sure the boys already here want to be in that position as well, so I can only tell them from my own experience how good it feels to win titles, win leagues and win cups.
“I can always bring that experience, but from seeing what I’ve seen already the boys naturally have that.
“The coaching staff have put that across to the players and I think it’s going to be one of those seasons where we’re going to have to be patient, but at the end of it we’ll have some silverware to collect to give the fans something to cheer about.”
Paine is one of eight new arrivals at Greens Meadow this summer, along with goalkeeper Callum Robinson (Brantham Athletic), defenders Sam Nunn (Needham Market) and Tom Matthews (Wroxham) and midfielders Max Melanson (Thetford Town), Ollie Canfer (unassigned), Scott Chaplin (Felixstowe & Walton United) and Robbie Sweeney (Wroxham).
Along with Paine, Nunn has dropped down two leagues to join the Old Gold and Blacks for the upcoming campaign, and Paine says it was manager Rick Andrews and the club’s ambition which was a key selling point behind his move.
“It was a tough decision leaving Billericay,” he said. “But job commitments outside of football meant I had to come down a few leagues and be flexible with being able to play on a Saturday.
“I spoke to Rick probably a month ago now to see what his thoughts were. He sold his ambitions, the club’s ambitions, and it was something that as a player you want to be playing for.
“I came here for the first time last week and I can see the club’s done a good job with the pitch, the facilities are not too bad for the standard of football and there’s a fantastic group of boys here.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead and from what I’ve heard it should be a successful season, but it’s easier to say it. We’ve got to go out there and prove it and go and get the silverware the club, management and staff deserve.”
Stowmarket will be without new signing Matthews (suspended) this Saturday and for Tuesday night’s trip to Premier Division new boys Framlingham Town (7.45pm), but the club’s seven other new arrivals should all be in contention for a place in tomorrow’s starting line-up.