Ex-Sheffield Wednesday bad boy Nile Ranger at it again as relegated club 'sever all ties'
A former Sheffield Wednesday loanee has left his latest club after breaching a ‘three strikes’ disciplinary policy in the fastest possible time.
Nile Ranger scored two goals in eight matches at Wednesday on loan from Newcastle United in the 2011/12 season as they were last promoted out of League One.
The now 30-year-old, who was an England youth international in his teens, rejoined Southend United in February after a short stint with non-league Spalding United.
He lasted only 11 minutes in his only appearance before suffering a cut to his groin, which Shrimpers boss Phil Brown said had gone septic ‘due to inactivity’.
Despite the club having laid on a platform for Ranger to return to the first team fold, the forward failed to show for any of his physio appointments and following the club’s unfortunate relegation from League Two, he has been released.
“He was on a three strike scheme meaning if he was late for three appointments, which is he notoriously renowned for, he would be out,” explained Brown.
“That was verbalised to both himself and the PFA. But the very first three appointments he never showed for.
“Never mind being late he just never showed at all so that shows you what you were dealing with.
“Consequently we severed all ties and all relationships with him.”
Ranger will be most fondly remembered at Wednesday for scoring one of the goals in the 2-0 Hillsborough win over Wycombe Wanderers that confirmed their promotion back into the second tier.