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.’