RANGER RE­TURNS FROM THE DARK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Law­ton

NILE Ranger is Southend’s lucky charm and the Shrimpers have en­sured their tal­is­man will be at Roots Hall for the longterm af­ter sign­ing the striker on a three-and-ahalf year deal.

Southend are un­beaten in each match Ranger has started since join­ing in the sum­mer – win­ning five times and draw­ing on three oc­ca­sions.

The 25-year-old left pre­vi­ous clubs New­cas­tle, Swin­don and Black­pool un­der a cloud – the lat­ter a full 15 months af­ter his last ap­pear­ance for them – but was ec­static to com­mit to the Shrimpers un­til 2020.

Southend feel it jus­ti­fies their faith in giv­ing him an­other chance.

“Ty­ing my­self down to three and a half years at Southend is a big thing be­cause I was in a dark place be­fore,” ex­plained Ranger.

“Now, I feel like I’ve re­vived my ca­reer thanks to the gaffer, Phil Brown, chair­man Ron Martin, and the play­ers. The fans have backed me as well, so I’m re­ally thank­ful to them.

“I’m pleased to have this op­por­tu­nity and I’m go­ing to con­tinue to give my all.

“I’ve got a lot of strong peo­ple around me who told me not to give up on my dream and it’s all I know, so I couldn’t stop.

“I’m a Shrimper and now the fo­cus is on the games com­ing up.”

STA­BIL­ITY: Nile Ranger

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