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!