Nile Ranger has made a public appeal for another chance, claiming that the ‘penny has dropped’ at long last.
Reflecting on what has happened in the past, the former Newcastle player says that he knows that he has had more lives than a cat but now he is ‘ready to work’.
Nile Ranger turns 25 in April and is currently training by himself in North London because Blackpool have made clear he isn’t welcome, with manager Neil McDonald saying there is no chance of him getting a game, between now and when his contract runs out at the end of the season.
When asked whether it was worth another club taking a chance on him, the answer is ‘a hundred million per cent’.
Nile Ranger says that he was an idiot to have wasted all the chances he has had but strangely claims that for his long-term good he is happy that he experienced jail at such a young age.
Nile Ranger speaking to Sky Sports:
“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 that they were right…I was looking in the mirror saying ‘You are an idiot. Take it seriously. This is your life’.”
Happy to have experienced jail:
“I feel like I have let myself down. I have been to jail when I was young and I learnt from that and it sounds crazy me saying this but I am happy I experienced that.
“Whilst I have been in London two of my friends have passed and I have seen a lot of things when I have been there and that has been a real eye opener, because it happened in such a short space (of time) and when I saw that I realised ‘This is real life, this is crazy’.”
Should anybody take another chance on him?:
“One million per cent, two million per cent, a hundred million per cent…I’ve had a lot of chances, more than a cat to be honest, but like I say, the penny has dropped and I’m ready to work.”