Barnet defender Joe Payne has signed his first professional contract with the club and has vowed to continue the same level of commitment in that earned him his deal.
The 17-year-old put pen-to-paper with the club he has represented for five years and for whom he has already made his professional debut, in the EFL Trophy against Peterborough United.
The left back, who can also play at centre back, said he was happy to sign the contract but knows he needs to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
He said: “I just need to keep doing the same, the coaches keep telling me to keep working hard.”
Payne has come through the Barnet youth system, alongside fellow scholar Ephron Mason-Clark, another Barnet starlet who has agreed professional terms.
The defender praised the continuity of the coaching staff, having worked with development team coach and Rossi Eames and academy manager Henry Newman since his days in the U12s.
He added: “I've been with Henry since I was 12 years old so its been really good playing under him.”
Payne became an internet sensation earlier this month when he scored a screamer from the halfway line against Enfield in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup.
Payne's effort has seen him nominated for the League Football Education Goal of the Month and his goal has been viewed over 230,000 times on Barnet's YouTube channel, which you can view above.
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