Ex-NUFC striker completes surprise return to football after 2 years out – What a fall from grace

Former Toon troublemaker Nile Ranger’s stark fall from grace continues as he has signed for Sunday league side AC United, according to the BBC.

Ranger, who is still only 29-years old, last played for Southend back in 2018 but had his contract terminated because of a string of disciplinary issues – including not being able to play evening games due to his electronic tag.

This move signals the downfall of a career that at one point looked extremely promising, with Ranger scoring six goals in 11 games for England U19s between 2009-10.

He has been a thorn in the side of every club he’s ever been at, with his complete lack of drive and disregard for time-keeping or discipline spoiling any of the potential he had to succeed on the pitch.

Hats off to him in some respects for swallowing his pride, however it’s looking like a wasted career for the 29-year-old – who never lacked talent, just dedication.

The striker was jailed for armed robbery while still a teenager and was imprisoned for fraud back in 2017 while at Southend – despite a plethora of public pleas over the years that he had turned his life around.

One positive that has come from Ranger’s career is that he presents a perfect moral to a story that is beneficial to young players looking to make it as a professional.

Do exactly the opposite of what he has done – and you might just have a chance!

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