Ranger returns to Roots Hall

Southend United have announced that former frontman, Nile Ranger has rejoined the club on an incentivised month-to-month contract.

The 29-yeat-old scored ten times in 49 appearances during a two-year stint between 2016 and 2018 and has put pen to paper having spent time with the club regaining his fitness.

Previously, the Wood Green-born player burst onto the scene at Newcastle United, making more than 50 appearances for the Magpies. However, a troubled career has seen him turn out for Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday (both loans) as well as Swindon Town and Blackpool ahead of his first stint at Southend.

Blues boss, Mark Moleslely told www.southendunited.co.uk: “Nile has been in training for two months getting fit before integrating into the first team training and he’s shown the right attitude ever since he walked through the door and has worked hard to get his fitness up.

“He came in originally on his own away from the group to work on his fitness and we have slowly integrated him into the first team sessions.

Molesley added: “Nile has still got to earn the right to play for this club and he knows that himself. Everyone has to earn the right.

“He has got to repay the faith I have shown him on the pitch, and I am excited to see a fully fit Nile play for this football club.

“His desire to play football again is clear and he is very passionate about Southend United, as long as he continues to work as hard as he has been over this period then he will play a part for the remainder of the season.”

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Brian Jeeves

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