Nile Ranger has talked today about his murky past, and has said that moving to Newcastle United did him “loads of good and completely changed my life.”
Nile Ranger – great career ahead on Tyneside
Nile has talked about his murky past today:
“I started running with a gang in the area and things went too far,” “We were convicted of a robbery. There was a weapon, but we didn’t use it.”
“They were cracking down on street crime, so I got sent down. I wasn’t with a professional club at the time, and I didn’t realise what I was risking.”
“Jail was rough, but it taught me a lot. The most important thing I learned is that I never want to go back. At Southampton I got two written warnings about my behaviour, just stupid things.”
“Then I was caught at the end of the season with kit that I’d taken. They kicked me out, they had no choice.”
Then Dennis Wise got involved and quietly brought Nile to Newcastle United in August of 2008. I have a friend in Southampton – my best man at my wedding Terry in fact – and he e-mailed me about Nile at the time.
So I knew quite a lot about the lad – the word on him was that he was a very good young player, but Southampton had wanted him out of the south coast club.
But there were very few reports on that signing – in fact none that we could even find – since at that time, the earthquake at Newcastle with Kevin Keegan had started to erupt.
New players (Xisco, Gonzalez) were brought into the club without Kevin’s knowledge – and James Milner had just been sold to Aston Villa for £12M, against the wishes of the Newcastle manager.
And of course it was Dennis Wise who seemed to be in charge of the transfers at Newcastle – and turned out to be a man who is now reviled on Tyneside.
Nile talked about coming to Newcastle:
“Coming up here did me loads of good,” “I was away from the old faces, the old problems. It completely changed my life.”
Since his arrival on Tyneside almost two years ago, Nile has received 12 England Under-19 caps, and has scored 6 goals, and he has already appeared for Newcastle 30 times with 7 starts and two goals this season, although he hasn’t played too much since Leon Best arrived in January.
Local lad 21 year-old Andy Carroll has shot to fame this year with 16 goals since the turn of the year, but we look to Nile Ranger to be just as successful next season at Newcastle.
But Chris Hughton will need to keep involving the 19 year-old for him to be as successful as we expect him to become on Tyneside next season – we are huge fans of this Highgate, London-born youngster.
And it could turn out to be the best thing Dennis Wise ever did for Newcastle.