Blackpool F.C. forward Nile Ranger has issued an apology to the Sky Bet League One side, and his previous clubs, for ‘taking things for granted.’
The former Newcastle United starlet, 24, is desperate to return to football, but the future is not looking so bright for the 24-year-old.
Despite Ranger going AWOL from the club last November, the Seasiders shockingly extended the player’s contract by a further year this summer.
Less surprisingly, the deal has not panned out for Blackpool (2-2-6), who are currently second from the bottom in the League One table. In fact, Ranger has not featured for the Seasiders since going AWOL.
“I just want to take the time out to write this post as I feel like I need to get this off my chest,” Ranger said via Twitter on Monday night.
“I have seen 2 of my good friends pass away in a short space of time… Whilst overcoming this it has made me realise life really is too short and have really been taking things for granted.
“I would like to use this opportunity to thank, Southampton, Newcastle, Swindon and Blackpool for giving me the chance to experience the dream of being a professional footballer.
“To add to this I would like to apologise to every one at these clubs, including management, players, staff and fans. I should have given more and been a better role model.
“I would also like to add I am sorry to my current team mates at Blackpool, for being missing for a long period of time and not attending preseason and putting in the hard work during this time. I have been wishing the best for you all.
“I’m not using the death of my two friends as an excuse, as I know I should be doing better regardless. Truth be told I am just a young boy who has been living the dream playing a game which I do love and miss deeply and hope that one day I will be able to get back on a pitch and play because life is really is too short.”
In an attempt to resurrect his footballing career, Ranger has posted several videos of himself training, but Blackpool boss Neil McDonald is adamant the 24-year-old will never play for the Tangerines again.
“Nobody needs this, me or the lad,” McDonald told the Blackpool Gazette. “He can come back and put things on social media showing him training and grafting, but he’s not really.
“He’s come back to cause a bit of havoc and some headlines. He didn’t even turn up on Friday, so that’s what we are having to deal with.
“The player has no future at this club. You’ll have to ask the hierarchy why he is still here.”
Blackpool are priced at 6/4 to finish bottom-of-the-table in League One this season.