Stefan Payne completed a move from Bristol Rovers to Tranmere this weekend, putting a year to forget well and truly behind him.
He joined the Gas at the beginning of last season from Shrewsbury Town, but his move quickly went sour. He struggled for form and was fined for making gestures to the home supporters.
That led to the former Barnsley man going back out on loan to Shrewsbury, having already played for them at the beginning of the season. It was the only move he could make due to EFL rules, but he didn’t impress in his second spell at the New Meadow.
He now has a chance to rebuild his career at Prenton Park and tweeted his delight at sealing the switch. He also left a sharp comment at the end of his social media post, claiming he was looking forward to playing in front of a ‘proper fan base.’
That was immediately picked up on by supporters of Bristol Rovers, who took him to task over both his lack of goals and his attitude during his time with them, as you’ll read below.
Hahahaha cheers Stefan. Hint: the fans cheer you if you score goals. Hope that helps
— Hello (@JH777365) June 29, 2019
You put more effort into this tweet than you did for us on the pitch!
— Jordi Van Shot-Stopper (@ShotVan) June 29, 2019
I have been someone who has cringed at the abuse you got on here but you sir are a prized prat with that comment. Take a look at their attendance at the playoff final compared to ours to see a proper fan base. Your attitude stinks and ultimately that will be your downfall.UTG!
— David Townsend (@Gas1883Dave) June 29, 2019
You had a proper fan base at BRFC that expect as a minimum genuine effort. That was not given so you were not afforded Hero status as players that do put a shift in
— Geoff (@Brown1Geoff) June 29, 2019
Lazy player, barn door tbf
— utg (@seager_ds) June 30, 2019
Tranmere fans aren't stupid either. Bit of a honeymoon period then it'll be time to do something you've only ever managed in non-league ???? and we've all seen you are zeroooo use when not scoring ????
— NFLDC #HKTC (@GeorgeD89468444) June 29, 2019
OMG!!!! With this tweet you just 100% confirmed exactly what you were ……. never known Gasheads turn on a player like they did you , NOT usual for our 'fanbase ' at all. GOOD RIDDANCE to bad rubbish. Shine on Tom Lockyer, wonderful mature attitude , put you to shame.
— Valerie Holt (@Valerie74132472) June 29, 2019
The majority ir supporters would have carried you on their backs to Tranmere rather than have you around next season- that probably says enough about you. Surprised you could be bothered with the TRFC medical! #Lazy #BombedOut
— Darren Gould (@dmgould) June 29, 2019