FAMILY FUELING PAYNE DESIRE TO LIFT TROPHY FOR APIA

A personal mission is set to be the driving force motivating APIA Leichhardt Tiger’s star striker Chris Payne to carry his side to grand final glory.

The veteran front-man has been scoring goals for fun this campaign but revealed the struggle of his son Cayde, who suffers from Spina bifida, has been the inspiration behind his on field heroics.

The former North Queensland Fury and Newcastle Jets striker explained how his son loves to watch him play and enjoys nothing more than seeing his dad find the back of the net.

Ahead of the National Premier Leagues NSW grand final, Payne told Football NSW that he would love nothing more than seeing the joy on Cayde’s face when he lifts the championship trophy with a win on Saturday.

“We’ve been in and out of hospital with Cayde a number of times for surgery so it has been a tough time for the family,” Payne said.

“He comes to a lot of the games and is always smiling which keeps me going as well.