NZ starlet Payne set to join Nelsen at Blackburn
The NZ U17 star has been training with the Lancashire club's reserves team after impressing on trial in September - which was set up by Rovers and Kiwi skipper Ryan Nelsen - and could be set for a professional deal in the New Year with the prospect exciting him gratly.
"It has all happened so fast," he told the New Zealand Herald.
"At the start of this year, I was focused on getting a start for the Under-17s and hadn't really thought about the Under-20s. Now I have a chance in England.
"It is pretty exciting. My goal is to play professionally somewhere and this is a big step in that direction."