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Swindon snap up Ranger
4:58pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Town have signed Nile Ranger on a one-year deal and the striker will be in the squad for tomorrow’s League One clash with Shrewsbury.
The 22-year-old, due in court on a rape charge on Wednesday, has the option of a further year extension but the existing deal contains caveats in relation to the legal case.
Part of Newcastle ‘s 2009/10 Championship-winning side, Ranger, who was a free agent, has vowed to ‘clean up his act’ and express himself on the pitch.
“I know exactly what is required of me and I look forward to getting my career back on track,” Ranger told swindontownfc.co.uk.
“There was strong interest in me from other clubs in the Championship and League One but, despite the offer of more money, I feel that Swindon Town will give me a solid platform to realise my potential and help me from going off the rails.
“I want to do my talking on the pitch and perform to the level I know I can.
“It is time to clean up my act. I want to channel my energies back into football and feel the discipline and environment of the club will enable me to do this.
“There is a great buzz around the place. I have been given another chance and am looking forward to smashing in goals for Swindon Town.
“I would like to ask the Swindon fans to give me a chance. I’m sure I’ll repay their faith by scoring goals like a proper number nine should.”
Chairman Jed McCrory has vowed that Town will ‘support’ Ranger and has backed him to shine at the County Ground.
“I feel that with rigorous support from the club, Nile could prove a valuable asset to the squad,” said McCrory.
“I am obviously aware of Nile’s personal matters, but I have always believed in giving people second chances.
“We will provide all the support he needs and it is up to Nile to prove the star quality player he is - which we as a club believe he will.”
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