Nile Ranger is making headlines again but rather than the front pages of the tabloids, it is the back pages of  the Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo.

It is now 20 months since the former Newcastle United striker played a competitive match and since Blackpool tired of him, Nile Ranger hasn’t been able to find another club, though he trained briefly with Rotherham.

All that is changing though with an exclusive in that Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo, they report that Nile Ranger is due in at training this morning with Southend United.

The striker has been thrown a lifeline apparently by the orange faced former Hull City boss, Phil Brown.

However, the newspaper report that whilst Nile Ranger has been given an initial month at the club, he has already been told that if he steps out of line his contract will be ‘terminated’.

Now aged 25, Ranger has only started 39 league matches in his career and obviously there won’t be many people who think he will take his latest chance.

Considering Southend United finished 15th in League One, you have to think that Nile Ranger must be even more stupid than we all think if he doesn’t throw everything into this opportunity.

With his track record you’d have expected him to be lucky to get any club in the Football League, with non-league a more likely starting point.

Basildon, Canvey & Southend Echo:

‘Nile Ranger is expected to be in for pre-season training today and should be signing for an initial month.

“If that goes to plan then he will sign a longer deal but there are clauses in place for the contract to be terminated if he misbehaves.

“Nile has made mistakes in the past but there’s no denying his talent and Southend hope he’s learnt from what he’s done wrong and will be keen to prove a point here.’