Date of birth
Huddersfield Town signed Jack Payne from Sky Bet League 1 side Southend United as a free agent on 1 July 2016.
21 year-old Payne, who plays in the ‘number 10’ slot just behind the main striker, put pen to paper on a three year contract, with the Club having the option of a further season at that point.
As Jack is under 24 years old, Town paid compensation to Southend.
Jack arrived having made history with the Shrimpers in 2015/16, becoming the first player in the Club’s history to win the Shrimpers Trust Player of the Season, Junior Blues Player of the Season and Goal of the Season prizes at the conclusion of the campaign.
Standing at 5’ 5” tall, London-born Jack was on the books at Tottenham Hotspur before joining Southend United at Under-15 level.
He progressed through the youth system at Roots Hall ahead of making his professional debut in a Capital One Cup game at home to Yeovil Town on 6 August 2013. Jack made one start and 14 substitute appearances in that League 2 campaign.
Payne established himself further in the 2014/15 campaign, making 22 starts and 16 substitute appearances. He also notched eight goals in all competitions, the first two of which came on 2 September 2014 in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against AFC Wimbledon.
That season culminated in promotion to Sky Bet League 1 for Southend United, with Jack playing in the Play-Off Final and stepping up to score a penalty in the deciding shootout against Wycombe Wanderers.
Jack then made 28 starts and seven substitute appearances in his debut Sky Bet League 1 campaign in 2015/16, scoring nine goals.
He arrived at Huddersfield Town having scored 17 goals in 52 starts and 36 substitute appearances.