Ex-Newcastle United striker pleads for 'last chance'

Nile Ranger has pleaded for a “last chance” in football
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The striker has been without a club since January 2018, when his contract at Southend United was terminated due to “recurring disciplinary issues”.

“The game has pretty much washed its hands of me – I’m treated as the Osama bin Laden of football,” said Ranger, who left Newcastle United in 2013 after making 51 league appearances, and scoring two goals, for the club.

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Ranger – who was jailed for eight months in 2017 for his part in an online banking scam – says he has turned down contracts with Rochdale and Oxford United since leaving Southend.

Nile Ranger playing for Southend United.Nile Ranger playing for Southend United.
Nile Ranger playing for Southend United.

“In hindsight, they were both really stupid decisions,” the 29-year-old told the Daily Star. “I can’t blame anyone else – it’s all been self-inflicted. I hope and pray I’ll get one last chance. If I do, I’m ready to grab it with both hands.’’