Has the penny finally dropped for Nile Ranger?

I suppose you can never say never about anything and after a ‘slightly’ troubled career so far, has the former Newcastle striker really turned it around?

After a trial pre-season at Southend United, the forward at last landed another permanent contract, a minor miracle that somebody was willing to take the risk after the chaos he had created at the likes of Blackpool, Swindon and Newcastle.

Last Saturday saw Nile Ranger score twice, his first league goals in exactly two years and four days, Southend moving into 12th in League One after that 4-1 win at Bury.

In this current Championship season, it is easy to forget that an 18 year old Nile Ranger made 25 appearances (4 starts) for Newcastle in that last promotion season of 2009/10.

Now however, he appears to be thinking about playing football again and his new teammate Simon Cox has been speaking in glowing terms about the regular miscreant, saying ‘Nile is certainly my ideal kind of strike partner’.

Nile Ranger has now played six matches for Southend after injury disrupted his early season, plus meant he missed the pre-season friendly against Newcastle.

Simon Cox speaking to the Echo:

“I think the game this weekend is going to show us where we are as a group, Bradford are a very strong team and certainly one of the best in the league so it will be a good test.

“It will be interesting to see how we compare to them but we’re going into the game full of confidence and it’s certainly going well for Nile and myself at the moment so hopefully we can keep that going.

 

“Nile is certainly my ideal kind of strike partner.

“He’s someone who can take all the bumps and bruises and is very strong.

“He causes teams problem and is also really good on the ball plus he’s getting better all the time as his fitness starts to improves so it’s definitely encouraging for the whole team.”