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Nile Ranger Out: Newcastle United Finally Rid of a Clubhouse Cancer

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  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 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Brian GrammanContributor IIIMarch 1, 2013

After five agonizing, fruitless, disappointing years Tyneside, Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by mutual consent, reports ESPN.

Good riddance.

From fighting fans on Twitter to fighting police in the streets of Newcastle, Ranger has proven to be nothing but a waste of potential and a waste of space on the bench.

It was always clear he possessed a great deal of talent as a striker, scoring six times in 11 appearances for the England Under-19 squad, but he was never able to carry over his international success to his domestic club.

Maybe it was because he preferred to take pictures of himself instead of showing up for training on time.

Ranger was given every opportunity to succeed by the club, and at first, things looked like they would pan out.

After initially being labeled as a dangerous signing due to his 11 weeks spent in a young offender's institute for an armed robbery, Ranger impressed in his first start with the senior squad, being named Man of the Match on August 31st, 2009. 

Since that time, however, Ranger has been arrested more times than he has scored for the club and has yet to score in the Premier League (his goals have either come during Newcastle's season in the Championship or in the League Cup).

After being arrested on suspicion of rape in January, it was clear Ranger had used up more than his fair share of last chances with the Magpies.

After gaining his release from Newcastle, Ranger immediately went to Twitter, stating, "I'm happy :)"

Newcastle fans will feel the same way.

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