Nile Ranger has St James’ Park contract cancelled by mutual consent.
Troubled Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has left the club by mutual consent after having his contract terminated.
Ranger has made more headlines off the pitch than on it during his brief career and Newcastle United have called time on his spell at St James’ Park after coming to an agreement with the 21-year-old.
A statement from the club said: “Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual consent.”
A talented young player, he played 11 times at under-19 level for England and scored six times. But he has consistently been in trouble including before even making his professional debut when sentenced to time in a young offenders institute for his part in an armed robbery.
After he was released by Southampton without playing a game, Newcastle took a chance on him in 2008 and he eventually went on to make 62 appearances for the club scoring three goals in all competitions.
He has loan spells at Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship but struggled for goals and returned to Newcastle United during this season. But his troubles continued when he was arrested on suspicion of rape in January, and he angered fans when criticising them on twitter.