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.