Oxford United, Oxford United turn down former Premier League striker

Oxford United turn down former Premier League striker

Oxford United will not be offering Nile Ranger a contract, according to the Witney Gazette.

The 27-year-old has been training with the League One side since the end of last month but they have let him move on. The U’s are believed to be looking at other targets now for the January transfer window.

Ranger 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.

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.

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 as he now looks further for another club after being snubbed by Oxford.

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