Nile Ranger is training with Oxford United, as per a report by the Shields Gazette.

The former Newcastle United striker is hoping to impress and earn a contract with the League One side.

Ranger, who is 27-year-old, has been looking for a new club since his release from fellow third tier side Southend United in January for disciplinary issues.

He started his career with spells as a youngster at Crystal Palace and Southampton before Newcastle signed him in 2008. Ranger impressed for the Magpies at youth levels and was handed his first-team debut in August 2009 in a Championship fixture against West Bromwich Albion.

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Ranger went onto play 63 times for Newcastle’s senior side and was part of their 2010 promotion squad to the Premier League. He also had loan spells at Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday during his time in the North-East.

He left Newcastle in March 2013 by mutual consent and was snapped up by Swindon Town five months later. Ranger scored 10 goals in 28 games in all competitions for the Robins and earned a move to the Championship with Blackpool after a season.

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However, he played just 14 times for the Tangerines and has since gone onto play for Southend United in League One before leaving them at the end of last season.

Nile Ranger is no doubt a talented player but his career has been halted by off-field issues. Oxford are in need of another striker having made a poor start to the season so it could be worth taking a gamble and signing him.

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