Bad boy ex-Newcastle striker Nile Ranger pleads for one last chance to prove himself

Nile Ranger, left
Nile Ranger, left

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has pleaded for one last chance to prove he has what it takes.

The 24-year-old striker is currently without a club and training on his own in north London after going AWOL from Blackpool for eight months last season after a dispute with the club.

The ex-Toon striker was convicted of common assault in 2013 and last year he was fined £1,000 for criminal damage after smashing the window of a taxi.

Ranger admits he has had more “chances than a cat” but has pleaded for a club to take a final chance on him as he looks to get his career back on track.

“I feel like I have let myself down,” Ranger told Sky Sports.

I have been to jail when I was young and I learnt from that and it sounds crazy but I have learnt from that.

“Senior players and manager were telling me to focus because it is a short career and it does not last forever and you need to understand this but in my head I thought ‘This is going to last forever’.

“But I now realise they were right.

“I was looking in the mirror saying ‘You are an idiot. Take it seriously. This is your life.’

“While I have been in London two of my friends have passed and that has been a real eye opener and when I saw that I thought ‘Wow this is real life, this is crazy’.

“I’ve had more chances than a cat but the penny has dropped now and I am ready to work.”

Ranger’s colourful Newcastle career was punctuated by off-the-field incidents, and the club’s patience finally ran out in early 2013.

Ranger made 51 appearances for Newcastle over four seasons.