Nile Ranger: 'Blackpool move is my last chance'

Newcastle player Nile Ranger in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on January 2, 2013
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Nile Ranger vows to put an end to his controversial off-field behaviour after acknowledging that Blackpool have given him his "last chance" to forge a successful career.

Nile Ranger has vowed to put an end to his bad-boy behaviour after acknowledging that Blackpool have given him his "last chance" to forge a successful career.

The 23-year-old striker has seen his spells at Newcastle United and Swindon Town marred by a series of often controversial off-field indiscretions.

However, troubled Championship side Blackpool have put their faith in Ranger, signing him on a one-year contract, and he has insisted that he is ready to "knuckle down" and completely cut out his ill-discipline.

"This isn't a good chance for me – it's my last chance, so I have to grab it with both hands," Ranger told the Blackpool Gazette.

"This is my actual last chance – I've had more lives than a cat. I was young and I made mistakes but you learn.

"Now it's time to grow up. I need to knuckle down and get my head screwed on. All the off-field behaviour has finished now, it's over."

Ranger made his Seasiders debut as a late substitute in their 2-1 defeat to Brentford on Tuesday evening.

Newcastle player Nile Ranger in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on January 2, 2013
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