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Matt Paine

Position: Midfield

Age 30 (22 December 1987) Height 6ft 1in (1.85M)

Previous Club: Boreham Wood Born: Sidcup

Matt joined BTFC in June 2017 from National League side, Boreham Wood. Considered a headline signing for the Blues given his background as an established National League player. Provides outstanding leadership qualities. Whilst his role is primarily defensive, he scored three times last season, including two vital goals in the promotion run-in at the end of the season.

Matt is an extremely versatile player who can play a central defensive or holding midfielder role. With a strong work-rate, his experience gives him excellent positional sense in a variety of defensive roles. Comfortable venturing forward, his aerial ability and willingness to shoot from range sees him chip in with goals.

He is an ex-Colchester United trainee. In June 2007, after a successful six month loan spell, he signed for now defunct National South side, Thurrock FC. He spent three seasons with the Rocks where he played in the same team as ex-BTFC stopper, Rob Swaine. After a series of impressive performances across the back-line and in the centre of midfield, he caught the eye of National League side, Braintree Town. In June 2010, he became an “Iron”. Matt would stay at Braintree for five seasons enjoying the most successful period in the club’s history.

Matt made 183 appearances for Braintree Town. After missing a chunk of the 2014-15 season, due to an opening day knee injury, Matt hit back with an outstanding 2015-16 season. A vital defensive lynch-pin, he even managed to score from the half-way line in a March 2016 League game v Kidderminster Harriers. Instrumental in securing a record 3rd place for Braintree in the National League, Matt thrived under the management of the Cowley brothers. Ultimately, the season ended in disappointment after defeat in the play-off semi-final v Grimsby Town, and, in June 2016, Matt moved to Boreham Wood.

Matt signed for Billericay Town after a single season as an ever-present at Boreham Wood. After short loan spells at Braintree Town and Concord Rangers early in the season, Matt returned to BTFC and established himself as a starter.

STAT ATTACK

Appearances

2017-18: League 24 (6) – 3 Goals; Cup 15 (3) – 0 Goals

BTFC Debut

19 August, 2017: 1-3 v Dulwich Hamlet (A)

First Goal

23 December, 2017: 3-4 v Burgess Hill (A)

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