Midfielder Tim Payne
- Height 179cm
- Weight 73kg
- D.O.B. 10/1/94
Tim Payne is a 27-year-old Kiwi-born defender, who is entering his third season with the Wellington Phoenix.
Born in Auckland, Payne started his youth career with Auckland City FC before switching to play for Waitakere United. After an impressive campaign, Payne spent several months trailing with Premier League side Blackburn Rovers before signing a two and a half year contract with them in 2012.
He returned home back to Auckland City where he made ten appearances before heading overseas to the American side, Portland Timbers 2. In 2016 Payne joined the Auckland-based side Eastern Suburbs for three seasons, captaining them to their first ever National title since 1971.
Payne also has international experience, representing New Zealand at Under-17 level including playing 90 minutes in each of his sides four matches at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
In 2012 Payne received a call up to the All Whites, making his first appearance for the senior national team in a 1–0 win against Honduras in May. Payne was named in New Zealand football team for the 2012 Olympics, and in 2020 was named to the All Whites which travelled to Europe to play two friendly matches against Republic of Ireland and Lithuania.
In total Payne has made 32 appearances for the national side, registering six goals.
> 1920/20 Season
In July 2019, Payne signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix. He would make 16 appearances, including 15 starts – primarily at right-back as part of the Club’s campaign in which they finished in third-place.
> 2020/21 Season
Payne played in all 26 matches in the 2020/21 season, leading the squad in minutes played (2,302) and in total Blocks with 23.
With the injury to Luke DeVere, Payne played the majority of his minutes at centre back where he excelled over the course of the season – his play seeing him named Nix Captain for the Club’s match against 1st-placed Melbourne City on 17 May, a 2-2 draw.
> 2021/22 Season
Payne is signed on for the 2021/22 season. Phoenix Coach Ufuk Talay says Payne has performed well in his first two seasons in the A-League and is a key part of the squad going forward.
“We’ve been really happy with Tim, his versatility and ability to play multiple positions has been important for us last season; he’s a great worker with a great attitude,” said Talay.
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