Paynter close to Leeds exit

Striker to spend week on trial at Blackpool

Billy Paynter: Leeds striker has left the club's pre-season training camp to try and secure a move away from the club

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Leeds United striker Billy Paynter has been given the chance to earn a contract at Blackpool after linking up with the Seasiders on a week-long trial.

The 28-year-old joined Leeds in a blaze of publicity after making a name for himself as one of the hottest strikers outside of the Premier League two years ago.

His 29 goals for Swindon, including two braces against the Yorkshire club, fired them into the League One play-off final in May 2010 which they eventually lost to Millwall.

But his time at Elland Road has been dogged with injuries and he spent three months on-loan at Brighton & Hove Albion before being placed on the transfer list by Leeds boss Neil Warnock at the end of last season.

The Liverpool-born striker has scored just three goals in 27 league appearances since his move from Swindon and has made no secret of his desire to end his frustrating time at the club.

And with Doncaster and Notts County also interested in obtaining his signature, Paynter would appear to be edging towards the exit at Elland Road.