Nile Ranger’s new deal at Blackpool came as a shock to most, not least Ranger himself who took to social media to state his disbelief at the development. The striker has never been far from controversy and has not featured for the club since he left for London in November, citing family problems as the reason for his defection.
The striker managed 14 appearances in the 2014/15 season and managed to score two goals in that time, in a season where Blackpool never really got started. There also appeared to be friction between manager Lee Clarke and Ranger with Clarke often blasting the player in the press during his absence.
All of these factors seemed to spell the end for Ranger’s time at Bloomfield Road, however his new deal, along with the departure of Clarke, could spell a new dawn for the troubles centre forward.
There is no denying Ranger’s talent. He is quick, strong, and intelligent when it comes to getting in dangerous positions and is potent in front of goal. And his record in League One is something that was surely taken into consideration when The Seasiders decided to activate a clause in his contract which extends his deal.
Ranger’s first spell in League One came in the 2011/12 season with Sheffield Wednesday where he scored two in eight, his second spell in the division was much better, scoring 10, and assisting 3, in 28 for Swindon Town before being released following a series of disciplinary issues.
Since his release from Newcastle, where he made 62 appearances and scored three times, he has failed to play for either of his two clubs more than 30 times, however it would be fair to assume that he will be given the chance to add to his tally at Blackpool under a new manager.
If Ranger is able to give the kind of performances that he was destined for at Newcastle the Blackpool will have a solid centre forward to rebuild their team around, however this could be last chance saloon for Ranger and another slip up could see him cast out into football wilderness for good.