Ranger ready to take chance

Newcastle out-cast hoping for Barnsley form

Nile Ranger: Looking to kick-start his career

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Newcastle striker Nile Ranger insists he is ready to take his chance of first-team football at Barnsley.

The England Under 19 international is highly rated at St James' Park, but patience has worn thin amongst the Magpies' hierarchy following a string of off-field incidents.

He is currently on bail after denying assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, and being drunk and disorderly and is due in court in January.

But during his loan spell, which expires in January, Ranger is looking to get back to playing football.

"This is a fresh start for me and it is up to me now to perform as I can do," said Ranger.

"I am hungry - in fact, I am starving for it. I know I have got to keep my nose clean off the pitch and that is what I will be trying hard to do.

"I don't exactly know many people in Barnsley so there is not much that is going to distract me from my game.

"So this is a good move for me because it means I can just focus on my football.

"It is great here and I have settled in really well. This is a very good Barnsley team but if I get in and start games then I shall definitely score goals.

"People in football look at me and say, 'Yes, we like him. On the pitch he is good but off it - a problem'.

"So no clubs have wanted to touch me, if I am being completely honest.

"Thank God for Barnsley then. They sat me down and said they were going to take a risk and I am grateful for that."