At the age of 25 and after almost two years without playing any competitive football, their are claims that Nile Ranger may have finally grown up a little bit.

Given a short-term deal for this pre-season at Southend United, Ranger featured in a couple of friendlies but pulled his groin and ended up missing the home match with old club Newcastle United.

Despite still being out injured, Southend boss Phil Brown has confirmed that Nile Ranger has been given a contract up to the end of this season.

Explaining his and the club’s decision, Brown says that ‘there’s a good talent there’ and he has been so convinced by what he has seen so far, that Nile Ranger becomes the first injured player he has ever signed up.

For the amusement of fans of his previous clubs, Nile Ranger injured himself because of the effort was putting in during pre-season – according to Phil Brown.

Phil Brown talking to the Echo:

“I have spoken to Nile Ranger and the chairman and we will be extending Nile’s contract until the end of the season.

“There are clauses in the deal to make it longer if we want to do so.

“But Nile has kept his nose clean and has got on with it here so we want him to stay with us.

“Nile’s grafted since coming in and that’s probably why he pulled his groin.

“It will maybe be another a couple of weeks before we see him and we’ll have to ease him back into things.

“It’s the first time in my career I’ve ever signed an injured player but there’s a good talent there.”