A striker with over 350 Football League appearances behind him made a guest second half appearance for the Evo-Stik League North club Colwyn Bay in their second pre-season game against Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton.
But he won’t be signing for the club.
Liverpool-born Billy Paynter lists Swindon Town, Hull City, Brighton and Sheffield United among his previous clubs.
The 33-year-old helped Doncaster Rovers win the League One title in 2012/13 and was skipper at Hartlepool United last season, but was unable to save them from relegation from League Two and was released by them in May.
His appearance in a Bay shirt will have taken a few people by surprise, but manager Phil Hadland explained: “We did him a favour and let him have some game time as he is coming back from an injury. Obviously we would love to have him here permanently, but he won’t be signing for us unfortunately.”
Paynter came on in the second half, but couldn’t save the Bay from a second pre-season defeat as a defensive error put Curzon’s Jordan Wright clear for the only goal of the game nine minutes from the end.
The Bay, however, had bossed a lot of the game against a side two divisions higher than them.
Curzon’s keepers made three or four excellent saves and their coach Mark Bradshaw admitted: “We got lucky. We didn’t deserve to win”.