Nile Ranger hopes he still has a future at Newcastle United.
Nile Ranger - on loan at Barnsley for two months
Ranger joined Championship club Barnsley a couple of days ago on a two month loan spell, and we have to hope that Nile gets some games for the Tykes in that time, and scores some goals too.
The Barnsley manager Keith Hill, seems very willing to take the 20 year-old England U19 striker to Oakwell, and Nile is in the squad for the weekend game at Leeds United.
The 42 year-old former Blackburn, Plymouth and Rochdale center-back, who joined Barnsley as manager from Rochdale only last May, had this to say about Ranger:
“Everybody deserves a second, third or fourth opportunity,” “As long as they’re willing to accept the wrongs that they’ve done, as long as they’re trying to right those wrongs, then I’ll work with anyone.”
“I think it’s an encouraging signing and it’s one I’m sure will work for us.”
“It’s my job to educate these players to make them better adults, better people and obviously better football players.”
Nile Ranger still has two court cases related to drink to face in Newcastle, but it does seem that Alan Pardew wants to give Nile another opportunity to straighten himself out, and of course we hope the 20 year-old can do just that.
But there are not too many chances left for Nile at St. James’ Park, and he needs to start by grasping this Barnsley lifeline he has been given, with both hands, or should that be with both feet?
The news from Barnsley is that Nile Ranger is taking extra training sessions in a bid to get fit and start playing for the Oakwell club, and he could make hid debut at Leeds, depending on how he looks in training.
Nile cannot talk too much about the pending court cases, but he had this to say yesterday:
“My main focus now is to go to Barnsley, score goals, play first team football and repay the faith manager) Keith Hill has shown in me.”
“I needed to play again and maybe a spell away from Newcastle and the North East was the best for everyone.”
“However, I definitely have not given up on Newcastle United – I have a five-year contract and I hope I still have a future there.”
“It has been frustrating not being involved in the first team but Newcastle have been doing well so I could not argue with that.”
“Hopefully, more first- team football will help me to improve and keep on learning about the game – now I have to earn my chance at Barnsley.
“I know things have not always been straightforward for me at Newcastle, but I am still learning and I know there are things I can improve on”
“Hopefully this move is one which will give me the chance to do that.”
It’s also been frustrating for Newcastle fans to see the club being put in bad light in the press, because of Nile’s off the field antics, but we really do hope that Nile can take this chance.
There will not be too many more chances for Nile at Newcastle, that’s for sure.