Fleet gain Payne in midfield

Ebbsfleet United have today completed a three-month loan deal for Crawley Town midfielder Josh Payne.

The 28-year-old former England C international has almost 200 Football League appearances to his name and has also played in the National League with Woking and Eastleigh.

Josh was captain of West Ham United’s U18 team and made two Premier League appearances for the Hammers, while also playing at Cheltenham Town, Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers on loan.

He moved on to Doncaster Rovers and then Oxford United where he stayed for two years, playing for Aldershot Town on loan before a permanent move to the Shots in 2012.

Garry Hill signed him for Woking in 2013 and after two top 10 finishes with the Cards, he achieved the same with Eastleigh in 2015/16, playing alongside ex-Fleet midfielders Luke Coulson and Andy Drury.

Crawley Town gave Josh another attempt at the Football League in the summer of 2016 and he has been a regular in League Two at the Broadfield Stadium over the past three seasons, amassing almost 100 games for the Red Devils.

Our new signing will wear shirt no.24 – welcome to the Fleet, Josh!


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Ed Miller

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Ed Miller has been Ebbsfleet United's communications manager and programme editor since 2014 and responsible for the club website since 2007. Contact him on

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