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Club Statement

Posted: Wed 11 Jan 2017
This misdemeanour occurred two years ago and therefore a long time before Nile Ranger joined the Club.

We understand that Nile was in a very dark place at the time with many people, including the football industry, turning their back on Nile.

The Club will never condone such behaviour and had Nile been a Southend United player at the time, then there would have been no hesitation in terminating the player's contract.

However, Nile was not a Southend United player two years ago. Nile joined the Blues in July 2016, initially on a short term agreement, and has behaved very well since that time, conducts himself professionally, is liked by the Squad and Nile relates well to the Club's management.

Since Nile joined the Club last July we have worked closely with him to rehabilitate his old ways and will continue this work for the good of the player from which the Club will hopefully also be rewarded. We can only speak as we find and Nile, with our support, has responded well.