Phil Brown takes gamble on ex-Newcastle bad boy Nile Ranger

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger is set to join Southend United.

Monday, 4th July 2016, 8:26 am
Updated Monday, 4th July 2016, 9:32 am
Nile Ranger, left

The Echo report that the 25-year-old – who hasn't played a competitive game since November 2014 – is due to start training at the League One club today.

Ranger is a free agent after leaving Blackpool earlier this year following an intervention from the Professional Footballers' Association.

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The former England Under-19 international's career has been beset by off-the-field incidents.

Ranger – whose contract at Newcastle was terminated by "mutual consent" in March 2013 – is due to sign an initial month-long deal at Southend, managed by South Shields-born Phil Brown.