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Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger's career has taken another sad turn

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When Nile Ranger hits the headlines, it's very rarely good news.

The former Newcastle United striker has courted controversy throughout a career which many fans feel he is fortunate to still have.

The Magpies terminated his contract, officially by mutual consent, in 2013 and just 14 months later, he left Swindon Town in similar fashion.

Blackpool were the next club to take a punt on him, but unsurprisingly, the Seasiders could not get a hold on his discipline either.

While he has quite the history of rogue behaviour, the low point undoubtedly came in 2017 when he was sentenced to eight months in prison for online fraud.

Having served just 10 weeks and being released early for good behaviour, Southend handed him one last opportunity.

The 26-year-old never really shone at Roots Hall despite having played Premier League football just a few years ago.

And lo and behold, he has now essentially been sacked again, as per a statement on the club's official website:

Southend's statement 

"Following a meeting yesterday with Nile Ranger the club has today terminated the player's contract in accordance with the terms of the agreement," it reads.

"This decision was taken following reoccurring disciplinary issues, including timekeeping, which undermine both the unity of the group and the management.

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"In many ways it is regrettable having worked closely with Nile over the past 18 months.

"However, the interests of the club are paramount and the board will never allow those objectives to be undermined.”

The details are still few and far between, though Chris Phillips of the Southend Echo suggests that at one point the forward committed a "serious breach of discipline" and that he was "lucky to escape a lengthy ban".

Breaches of discipline 

Ranger was also late to both training sessions and matches, causing boss Phil Brown to drop him for the trip to MK Dons in November - when he was officially missing through illness - and again against Scunthorpe a month later.

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It's claimed his team-mates were growing concerned about the impact his behaviour would have on young players in the squad.

A 7pm curfew ought to have helped with his timekeeping, but apparently not.

Are any other clubs going to give him another chance? It's very difficult to see where he goes from here.

Is it too late for Ranger to salvage his career? Have your say in the comments. 

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