As revealed by HITC, Sunderland have now invited former Newcastle United defender David Edgar to join the club on trial next month.
The 31-year-old defender played at St James’ Park between 2005 and 2009 and has since played for Burnley, Birmingham, Swansea and Huddersfield, however he is now a free agent after being released from second tier MLS side Ottawa Fury.
This wouldn’t be the only ex-NUFC reject to play for the Mackems, with Kazenga Lua Lua joining them on a six-month deal earlier this year, however one former Mag who won’t be playing against them this season is Nile Ranger.
The 27-year-old bad boy has been searching for a new club after yet another sacking at Southend earlier this year and although he had been on trial with League One side Oxford United, manager Karl Robinson has confirmed that they will NOT be signing him.
Here’s what he’s said about Ranger following his decision not to sign the striker:
“Nile Ranger is not someone we want to take up the option on.
“We had a conversation and as a football club we felt it was right we looked more in January.”
“I want people to understand that since he has been here he has been impeccably behaved in his conduct and his time-keeping.
“It’s hard because he proved to us that he was ready to be given an opportunity.
“And I do believe in giving people a chance.
“But I had a long chat with Nile last week about how he has to go away and start proving himself to people now.
“I do believe he will turn this concept around.
“He needs to stay strong in the next few months and as fit as he possibly can.”
So, David Edgar may be arriving at the Stadium of Light if he can impress on trial, but Nile Ranger will not be facing them later in the season after failing to secure a return to League One football.
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