November 2014 was the last time Nile Ranger stepped out onto a football pitch in a competitive match.
Now 15 months later he has found another club to give him a chance after Blackpool agreed to release him – the Lancashire club having the player contracted to them this season but refusing to play him after he messed them around.
Nile Ranger made a public appeal via Sky Sports in October 2015 for another club to give him a try, the player saying it would be 100,000,000% worth it if they gave him a chance.
Now Rotherham (Ranger’s last game 15 months ago was a 1-1 draw when Blackpool met Rotherham) have stepped forward, the club third bottom of the Championship and six points from safety, Nile Ranger is training with the Yorkshire club as manager Neil Warnock finds that desperate times mean desperate measures have to be tried.
This is what Nile Ranger had to say in October 2015, 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.”