Southend United’s Nile Ranger has been released from prison early, just 10 weeks into his eight-month sentence, the BBC has reported.
The forward was jailed in May after admitting online banking fraud. He had obtained bank details and used these to con a woman, who lost more than £2000 in the scam.
Despite being handed an eight-month jail sentence, Ranger has been released and will now be attempting to get back into Southend’s first team squad. His club said:
“Nile Ranger was this morning released from Pentonville Prison after serving a little over 10 weeks.”
“Nile was eligible for early release under the HDC (Home Detention Curfew) Scheme, due to the short duration of his sentence and his consistently excellent custodial behaviour. Nile may regard himself as fortunate but will remain under an evening home curfew for the next 5 to 6 weeks.”
“However, this will enable him to resume training immediately and Nile Ranger is today undergoing a fitness test and assessment that will help steer his training regime over the next 7 to 10 days before he re-joins the squad.”
This news may well please Shrimpers’ boss Phil Brown, as he aims to gain promotion to the Championship, a division they vacated in 2007, with this Southend side.
This is not the first time that the 26-year-old has had a run-in with the law. He has previously been arrested on suspicion of assault, been fined for making homophobic comments on Twitter, and been arrested on suspicion of rape (a charge that was later dropped), among many other incidents.
Ranger was once tipped to be a future star before his life off the field took hold. He made a number of appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League, before dropping down the divisions, as he was unable to fulfil his undoubted potential.