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Ranger: There was more to come from me

Swindon Advertiser: Nile Ranger Nile Ranger

NILE Ranger has insisted his trouble-laden past which dogged his time at Swindon Town is now firmly behind him, as he searches for a new club in a bid to rebuild his career.

Speaking exclusively to the Advertiser, the former Swindon striker admitted his rape trial, following which he was acquitted, ensured the County Ground fans never saw the best of him during his one season in Wiltshire before he left the club by mutual consent.

Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies, also failed to report for training on a number of occasions but accepts he needs to sort things out if he is to make the most of his undoubted talent.

The striker had nothing but good words to say about the Swindon staff, players and fans and is grateful for the way everyone connected to the club supported him through a tough period in his life.

“I enjoyed my time at Swindon, and I was here as a young boy before I went to Newcastle so I knew what the set-up was like,” he said.

“Everyone’s good, the staff the players and the fans. The fans were always the 12th man and were always there pushing us on, so I have most respect for the fans.

“There was more to come from me for sure. Obviously there was a stage where I was a little AWOL and then the injury in February killed me, because we were looking for play-offs and doing well.

“It just wasn’t meant to be.

“The only problem I did have was the off-field issues, that was hard.

“I have to cut that out and then I’ll be alright. The club bent over backwards for me, the chairmen, the staff and the manager were great. The assistant manager and the players and the fans were amazing, they were all good.

“It’s hard because I had a few things going on before I got here, a few cases, and that’s all out the way now so wherever I start again is a clean slate. There was a lot in my head in that time and a lot of things bringing me down and that made life hard for me. Swindon knew all that and they stuck by me.

“Off-field issues are all done and all finished so I need to get back on track now and let my football do the talking.”

Ranger’s season was ended by a hamstring tear on Valentine’s Day, with his release meaning he has had to recuperate on his own as he bids to find a new club, but he is extremely confident of agreeing a deal in the coming weeks.

“I’ve got to go through all my own physiotherapy at the moment but it’s all going pretty well,” he said.

“It was hard at the start, really hard, but it has to be done and I have to do it.

“There’s talks at the minute but it’s just talks, so we have to wait and see what happens. We’ve got the whole summer.

“I’m going to get a club, definitely, but it’s just about waiting.”

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6:50am Wed 18 Jun 14

Chish and Fips says...

No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.
No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts. Chish and Fips
  • Score: -26

7:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

smirg kcab says...

I'm sure he would score more goals than wilma, even if he don't play.
Looking forward today when we play the big clubs
Rochdale,fleetwood, Barnsley and donny,
I'm sure he would score more goals than wilma, even if he don't play. Looking forward today when we play the big clubs Rochdale,fleetwood, Barnsley and donny, smirg kcab
  • Score: 36

7:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

smirg kcab says...

Is troy still talking or has he lost his tongue?
Is troy still talking or has he lost his tongue? smirg kcab
  • Score: 37

7:40am Wed 18 Jun 14

Since 1950 says...

There was indeed more to come from Nile. More off the field than on it I suspect.
It is a great shame for the lad and Swindon that he couldn't behave off the park the way he did on it. On the park he was a role model. Never dived, cheated or complained. Off it he was just a nightmare.
Good luck in your search for a club Nile and I for one genuinely hope you can sort your life out!
There was indeed more to come from Nile. More off the field than on it I suspect. It is a great shame for the lad and Swindon that he couldn't behave off the park the way he did on it. On the park he was a role model. Never dived, cheated or complained. Off it he was just a nightmare. Good luck in your search for a club Nile and I for one genuinely hope you can sort your life out! Since 1950
  • Score: 26

8:03am Wed 18 Jun 14

Stickshaker says...

Good Luck Nile - hope you grow-up soon!
Good Luck Nile - hope you grow-up soon! Stickshaker
  • Score: 5

8:25am Wed 18 Jun 14

umpcah says...

Since 1950 wrote:
There was indeed more to come from Nile. More off the field than on it I suspect.
It is a great shame for the lad and Swindon that he couldn't behave off the park the way he did on it. On the park he was a role model. Never dived, cheated or complained. Off it he was just a nightmare.
Good luck in your search for a club Nile and I for one genuinely hope you can sort your life out!
It will be a brave chairman who gives Nile another chance. Leopards and spots ? I too hope he can sort his life out - real soon !
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: There was indeed more to come from Nile. More off the field than on it I suspect. It is a great shame for the lad and Swindon that he couldn't behave off the park the way he did on it. On the park he was a role model. Never dived, cheated or complained. Off it he was just a nightmare. Good luck in your search for a club Nile and I for one genuinely hope you can sort your life out![/p][/quote]It will be a brave chairman who gives Nile another chance. Leopards and spots ? I too hope he can sort his life out - real soon ! umpcah
  • Score: 2

8:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

outlaw2 says...

If they can offer troy a pay as you play deal why not for nile ?
If they can offer troy a pay as you play deal why not for nile ? outlaw2
  • Score: 18

9:15am Wed 18 Jun 14

Stilloyal says...

If he's cleaned up his act and I hope he has even though it's hard to believe then I'd give him another chance on a lower wage. Some lower league club is going to get a hell of a player.
If he's cleaned up his act and I hope he has even though it's hard to believe then I'd give him another chance on a lower wage. Some lower league club is going to get a hell of a player. Stilloyal
  • Score: 7

9:20am Wed 18 Jun 14

the wizard says...

His private life is/was/maybe still is, a mess, which is a big shame because when he played there is no doubt, we were a better team. He had a good work rate and was always prepared to be in the mix at both ends of the field.

If a club can manage to ball and chain him down and keep him away from off field influences then they will have an asset. He needs to be on an appearances based contract, paying him just enough to keep his focus on playing on the field rather than playing the field..
His private life is/was/maybe still is, a mess, which is a big shame because when he played there is no doubt, we were a better team. He had a good work rate and was always prepared to be in the mix at both ends of the field. If a club can manage to ball and chain him down and keep him away from off field influences then they will have an asset. He needs to be on an appearances based contract, paying him just enough to keep his focus on playing on the field rather than playing the field.. the wizard
  • Score: 4

9:23am Wed 18 Jun 14

Stilloyal says...

Guess who's taken over from Brian McDermot at Leeds ? Yep Town legend Dave Hockaday , now there's a shock.
Guess who's taken over from Brian McDermot at Leeds ? Yep Town legend Dave Hockaday , now there's a shock. Stilloyal
  • Score: 0

9:46am Wed 18 Jun 14

umpcah says...

Dave Hockaday a legend ? Come on Alan ! When can we expect the new fixture list to be announced ?
Dave Hockaday a legend ? Come on Alan ! When can we expect the new fixture list to be announced ? umpcah
  • Score: -3

9:52am Wed 18 Jun 14

EastleazeRed says...

Shove your excuses up ya arse ranger , your nothing but a scumbag . Good riddance !
Shove your excuses up ya arse ranger , your nothing but a scumbag . Good riddance ! EastleazeRed
  • Score: -21

10:12am Wed 18 Jun 14

Swindon_AOK says...

“Off-field issues are all done and all finished so I need to get back on track now and let my football do the talking.”

Oh really, so showing yet again his contempt for the law and that he is above everyone else. How can off-field issues be sorted when he is still on bail for criminal damage? Quite how he can plead not guiilty when the evidence is there for all to see is beyond me...leopard's never change their spots and so it will be with this guy
“Off-field issues are all done and all finished so I need to get back on track now and let my football do the talking.” Oh really, so showing yet again his contempt for the law and that he is above everyone else. How can off-field issues be sorted when he is still on bail for criminal damage? Quite how he can plead not guiilty when the evidence is there for all to see is beyond me...leopard's never change their spots and so it will be with this guy Swindon_AOK
  • Score: -10

10:24am Wed 18 Jun 14

Chish and Fips says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.
Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.[/p][/quote]Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o) Chish and Fips
  • Score: 4

10:49am Wed 18 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.
Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)
Hey Chish, since when have you been so vein to worry about such stuff. I must admit that I didn't want the guy here and he sends out too many wrong messages to the young and impressionable. Put all that to one side and he was decent on the pitch. Big shame, but his off field activities will always grab more headlines, just like George Best.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.[/p][/quote]Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)[/p][/quote]Hey Chish, since when have you been so vein to worry about such stuff. I must admit that I didn't want the guy here and he sends out too many wrong messages to the young and impressionable. Put all that to one side and he was decent on the pitch. Big shame, but his off field activities will always grab more headlines, just like George Best. the wizard
  • Score: 0

10:53am Wed 18 Jun 14

Doctor red says...

Nile, you are a great player and I enjoyed watching you on the pitch.
But I am afraid you need to grow up and take responsibility. You are no role model What a shame you let the town fans down off the pitch, when you promised so much-such a waste of talent.

The Doc
Nile, you are a great player and I enjoyed watching you on the pitch. But I am afraid you need to grow up and take responsibility. You are no role model What a shame you let the town fans down off the pitch, when you promised so much-such a waste of talent. The Doc Doctor red
  • Score: 5

10:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

MidlandRobin says...

Role model on the pitch, liability off it. Real shame seeing that talent being wasted, although I hope he can buck up n bounce back in his career, good luck Nile, you'll need it.

On another note, I think the pay as you play contract talks with Troy is a bad idea. As a man who works, pays his mortgage, pays his taxes. I for one, want a consistent salary, I wouldn't want a contract that tells me I can only get paid at the end of the week if I play a game, after a week of hard training.

I think these talks just give Troy the incentive to look elsewhere where money is guaranteed. IMO these talks don't look promising and with the ownership up in the air and the lack of money, I doubt we'll be signing many players(like other sides have done so far). I think we'll have to look to loanees again.
Role model on the pitch, liability off it. Real shame seeing that talent being wasted, although I hope he can buck up n bounce back in his career, good luck Nile, you'll need it. On another note, I think the pay as you play contract talks with Troy is a bad idea. As a man who works, pays his mortgage, pays his taxes. I for one, want a consistent salary, I wouldn't want a contract that tells me I can only get paid at the end of the week if I play a game, after a week of hard training. I think these talks just give Troy the incentive to look elsewhere where money is guaranteed. IMO these talks don't look promising and with the ownership up in the air and the lack of money, I doubt we'll be signing many players(like other sides have done so far). I think we'll have to look to loanees again. MidlandRobin
  • Score: -1

11:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

Chish and Fips says...

the wizard wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.
Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)
Hey Chish, since when have you been so vein to worry about such stuff. I must admit that I didn't want the guy here and he sends out too many wrong messages to the young and impressionable. Put all that to one side and he was decent on the pitch. Big shame, but his off field activities will always grab more headlines, just like George Best.
Agree with you about Nile - on the field very good, off the field a loose cannon.
Reminds me of a poor mans Mario Balotelli ...
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.[/p][/quote]Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)[/p][/quote]Hey Chish, since when have you been so vein to worry about such stuff. I must admit that I didn't want the guy here and he sends out too many wrong messages to the young and impressionable. Put all that to one side and he was decent on the pitch. Big shame, but his off field activities will always grab more headlines, just like George Best.[/p][/quote]Agree with you about Nile - on the field very good, off the field a loose cannon. Reminds me of a poor mans Mario Balotelli ... Chish and Fips
  • Score: 4

11:16am Wed 18 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

We looked a better with him no question but cant have that at the club.
I have a feeling Nile will be saying I have turned a corner for a long time to come.
Could of been a hero at the club but being a "gangster" was more important to him.
Looking forward to next season.
We looked a better with him no question but cant have that at the club. I have a feeling Nile will be saying I have turned a corner for a long time to come. Could of been a hero at the club but being a "gangster" was more important to him. Looking forward to next season. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

11:53am Wed 18 Jun 14

old town robin says...

Can't help thinking a lot of Nile's problems were alcohol related, almost all his bad boy reputation stemmed from clubbing, staying out too late drinking which resulted in his Jekyll and Hyde image of good bloke on the field and an idiot away from the club.

If he really wants to change his ways he seriously needs to wake up to the fact the two life styles do not mix if he wants to do the business. He could have probably have done with a minder whilst he was here, easy to say, but hard to do to keep a young man with no self respect of himself in place.
Can't help thinking a lot of Nile's problems were alcohol related, almost all his bad boy reputation stemmed from clubbing, staying out too late drinking which resulted in his Jekyll and Hyde image of good bloke on the field and an idiot away from the club. If he really wants to change his ways he seriously needs to wake up to the fact the two life styles do not mix if he wants to do the business. He could have probably have done with a minder whilst he was here, easy to say, but hard to do to keep a young man with no self respect of himself in place. old town robin
  • Score: 0

12:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Lots of genuine sentiment here from the support base but I hope Nile reads it and realizes it comes from guys who probably all wanted him to succeed and do well here which he did to a point. What he needs, is to be playing for a manager who will curb his excesses, perhaps an out of work as a manager Italian guy we seem to know all too well. He would bring out the real player, but keeping him focused given his years of being, off the rails, is more than a challenge. Old habits die hard.
Lots of genuine sentiment here from the support base but I hope Nile reads it and realizes it comes from guys who probably all wanted him to succeed and do well here which he did to a point. What he needs, is to be playing for a manager who will curb his excesses, perhaps an out of work as a manager Italian guy we seem to know all too well. He would bring out the real player, but keeping him focused given his years of being, off the rails, is more than a challenge. Old habits die hard. the wizard
  • Score: 2

12:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Oi Den! says...

Not much point in us Town fans bemoaning "what might have been" with Ranger. If he wasn't a bad boy, we wouldn't have had him in the first place. We all hoped he might change when he was with us but realistically it was never going to happen. It's not only for his sake that we should hope he changes. There are the potential further victims of assault and criminal damage to consider, along with the less important matter of the disruption he could cause at his next club if he's lucky enough to get one.
Not much point in us Town fans bemoaning "what might have been" with Ranger. If he wasn't a bad boy, we wouldn't have had him in the first place. We all hoped he might change when he was with us but realistically it was never going to happen. It's not only for his sake that we should hope he changes. There are the potential further victims of assault and criminal damage to consider, along with the less important matter of the disruption he could cause at his next club if he's lucky enough to get one. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

swwindon61uk says...

Sounds like he now realizes the dilemma he might be in without football.
Without the wage he earns from football he won't be able to live his lifestyle.
Also sounds like he would like another chance here.
Sounds like he now realizes the dilemma he might be in without football. Without the wage he earns from football he won't be able to live his lifestyle. Also sounds like he would like another chance here. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 2

1:56pm Wed 18 Jun 14

EastleazeRed says...

To all on here wishing ranger good luck you obviously never saw the video footage of him beating the crap out of a defenceless women ? You wanna be ashamed !
To all on here wishing ranger good luck you obviously never saw the video footage of him beating the crap out of a defenceless women ? You wanna be ashamed ! EastleazeRed
  • Score: -4

3:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

lordbuckethead says...

Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies.

"denies"??? err - its on camera, pillock

http://www.mirror.co
.uk/news/uk-news/nil
e-ranger-caught-cctv
-hitting-3463624
Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies. "denies"??? err - its on camera, pillock http://www.mirror.co .uk/news/uk-news/nil e-ranger-caught-cctv -hitting-3463624 lordbuckethead
  • Score: -6

3:48pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Oi Den! says...

lordbuckethead wrote:
Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies.

"denies"??? err - its on camera, pillock

http://www.mirror.co

.uk/news/uk-news/nil

e-ranger-caught-cctv

-hitting-3463624
Well, if he's pleaded not guilty his lawyer must think he's got a chance of being acquitted. Anyway, is it actually on camera? I can't be bothered to look at it again but from what I recall the footage does not actually prove that he damaged the door - even though we can all draw a pretty firm conclusion from his actions.

The real conclusive evidence was of him hitting the girl and yet he wasn't even charged with that - because "nobody has made a complaint".
[quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies. "denies"??? err - its on camera, pillock http://www.mirror.co .uk/news/uk-news/nil e-ranger-caught-cctv -hitting-3463624[/p][/quote]Well, if he's pleaded not guilty his lawyer must think he's got a chance of being acquitted. Anyway, is it actually on camera? I can't be bothered to look at it again but from what I recall the footage does not actually prove that he damaged the door - even though we can all draw a pretty firm conclusion from his actions. The real conclusive evidence was of him hitting the girl and yet he wasn't even charged with that - because "nobody has made a complaint". Oi Den!
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

pastor_of_muppets says...

I don't know how anyone can wish that thing good luck. Only people who haven't seen him punching a woman twice in the face, I suppose
I don't know how anyone can wish that thing good luck. Only people who haven't seen him punching a woman twice in the face, I suppose pastor_of_muppets
  • Score: -2

5:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Kay B Highworth says...

Nile Ranger's solicitor must be on a good retainer.
Nile Ranger's solicitor must be on a good retainer. Kay B Highworth
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Wed 18 Jun 14

umpcah says...

Oi Den! wrote:
lordbuckethead wrote:
Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies.

"denies"??? err - its on camera, pillock

http://www.mirror.co


.uk/news/uk-news/nil


e-ranger-caught-cctv


-hitting-3463624
Well, if he's pleaded not guilty his lawyer must think he's got a chance of being acquitted. Anyway, is it actually on camera? I can't be bothered to look at it again but from what I recall the footage does not actually prove that he damaged the door - even though we can all draw a pretty firm conclusion from his actions.

The real conclusive evidence was of him hitting the girl and yet he wasn't even charged with that - because "nobody has made a complaint".
He wasn`t charged with hitting the girl - probably because she wasn`t badly hurt and was pleased to receive a substantial bit of compensation ! I`m glad that STFC dumped him but I don't expect to see such a good striker in Town colours for many a day !
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: Ranger, who is currently on bail after being charged with criminal damage, which he denies. "denies"??? err - its on camera, pillock http://www.mirror.co .uk/news/uk-news/nil e-ranger-caught-cctv -hitting-3463624[/p][/quote]Well, if he's pleaded not guilty his lawyer must think he's got a chance of being acquitted. Anyway, is it actually on camera? I can't be bothered to look at it again but from what I recall the footage does not actually prove that he damaged the door - even though we can all draw a pretty firm conclusion from his actions. The real conclusive evidence was of him hitting the girl and yet he wasn't even charged with that - because "nobody has made a complaint".[/p][/quote]He wasn`t charged with hitting the girl - probably because she wasn`t badly hurt and was pleased to receive a substantial bit of compensation ! I`m glad that STFC dumped him but I don't expect to see such a good striker in Town colours for many a day ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Chish and Fips says...

the wizard wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.
Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)
Hey Chish, since when have you been so vein to worry about such stuff. I must admit that I didn't want the guy here and he sends out too many wrong messages to the young and impressionable. Put all that to one side and he was decent on the pitch. Big shame, but his off field activities will always grab more headlines, just like George Best.
Hey Wiz - its getting even worse now - I can't take no more - life's not worth living, it's minus 14 and Grim bless him is up to plus 23 I can't cope with this ... no as you its as you said, also someone has to much time on their hands..
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: No surprises with those comments from Nile about all being behind him now , good luck to him in his search, be interesting to see if his words come true - I personally have my doubts.[/p][/quote]Oh dear put me on 'suicide watch' and hide the sharp objects I have a minus 8, and Grim bless him has a plus 17 .... :o)[/p][/quote]Hey Chish, since when have you been so vein to worry about such stuff. I must admit that I didn't want the guy here and he sends out too many wrong messages to the young and impressionable. Put all that to one side and he was decent on the pitch. Big shame, but his off field activities will always grab more headlines, just like George Best.[/p][/quote]Hey Wiz - its getting even worse now - I can't take no more - life's not worth living, it's minus 14 and Grim bless him is up to plus 23 I can't cope with this ... no as you its as you said, also someone has to much time on their hands.. Chish and Fips
  • Score: -1

8:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

dazzastfc says...

I dont care what Nile did off the pitch Its what he DID on the pitch that mattered..
Just the same as my boss dont care what I do in my own spare time.....
As long as i do what i get payed for that is all that matters and Nile did that...
I would have him back as he could have been a great player for STFC
I dont care what Nile did off the pitch Its what he DID on the pitch that mattered.. Just the same as my boss dont care what I do in my own spare time..... As long as i do what i get payed for that is all that matters and Nile did that... I would have him back as he could have been a great player for STFC dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

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