Nile Ranger has taken the first tentative steps towards a football comeback after returning to training with Blackpool.
A report from the Blackpool Gazette claims that the 24-year-old reported in at Bloomfield Road this morning, thus ending an eight-month exodus from the club.
Ranger previously walked away from the Tangerines, claiming in an interview with YouTube channel Straight No Chaser that the contract he had signed with the club was a “joke” and that he was “struggling to put food in the fridge”.
Dropped for a Championship encounter with Birmingham City way back in early December 2014, Ranger reportedly headed to London.
Citing “family issues” as the chief cause behind his sudden departure, the forward was subsequently fined for every day of the season that he missed - as reported by the Gazette.
But despite jettisoning 17 players over the summer, Blackpool opted to exercise a clause in Ranger’s contract that saw his deal renewed for another year.
Now back and seemingly aiming to get fit, Ranger will be out to make good on the early promise he showed during his time with Newcastle United.
Ranger played over 50 league games for the Magpies, including helping them back into the Premier League in 2009/10, but has continually been dogged by off-the-field issues thus far in his career.