Nile Ranger is out of jail after just over 10 weeks behind bars.

The jailbird was released on Friday morning after showing ‘consistently excellent custodial behaviour’.

A first time for everything…although it did take a prison sentence to prompt it.

The former Newcastle player was jailed in May after admitting an online banking fraud, in which a woman lost more than £2,000.

Southend United clearly are having no second thoughts about Nile Ranger, as he has been welcomed straight back to the club and they hope that after 7-10 days of fitness work he will be able to rejoin and train with the squad.

One of the conditions of his release from Pentonville Prison is that he will be under an evening curfew until towards the end of September.

BBC Sport report that Southend are unsure as to whether or not this would block Ranger’s involvement in midweek matches.

The sentence handed down was eight months, so Nile Ranger very lucky to see the light of day so early.

Southend United official statement:

Nile Ranger was this morning released from Pentonville Prison after serving a little over 10 weeks.

Nile was eligible for early release under the HDC (Home Detention Curfew) Scheme, due to the short duration of his sentence and his consistently excellent custodial behaviour.

Nile may regard himself as fortunate but will remain under an evening home curfew for the next 5 to 6 weeks.

However, this will enable him to resume training immediately and Nile Ranger is today undergoing a fitness test and assessment that will help steer his training regime over the next 7 to 10 days before he re-joins the squad.’

  • Geordiegiants

    I take it he hasn’t been involved in any acid attacks, so it counts as good behaviour for him.
    You wouldn’t get sick of slapping him daft.

  • Peaco

    Sorry, forgive me if I’m wrong but he doesn’t play for us does he? I hope he turns his life around etc etc, but why do we care?

  • Jezza

    Pity he’s contracted to Southend. He could have been Charnley’s last minute bargain basement striker signing after finally selling Mitro on the eve of the deadline and Dwight Gayle being simultaneously ruled out for 6 months.

  • Leazes Ender

    For crying out loud give it a rest, nobody is interested.

    • Jimblag23

      We could make it interesting and have a sweepstake as to when he’ll be back in.
      My bet is January.

      • Geordiegiants

        He will be back inside within his tag time, he is a complete tool. Like knocking on a block of wood.

  • Steve Pearce

    Yeah right – and he comes straight round to your place and bursts your back door in with a sawn off shotgun while you’re sleeping you boring annoying [email protected]….

  • toonterrier

    Wasted talent. Has the skill but lacks the brains. Rest in peace

  • Rich Lawson

    Obviously shared a cell with ”Fletch” who had a quiet word with him !!!

  • nufclad

    Nile who?

    Why is this on themag again?