Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nile's Ready to Ride out of Toon as Loan Ranger; Ranger's Ready for Loan Spell Next Term

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nile's Ready to Ride out of Toon as Loan Ranger; Ranger's Ready for Loan Spell Next Term

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Byline: Mark Douglas

NILE Ranger is set to depart Newcastle United on a season-long loan next term - but he will not be making a permanent St James' Park exit.

Ranger made 25 appearances during United's promotion campaign but only featured twice after the signing of Leon Best in January, prompting speculation about his future.

He has been given reassurances by boss Chris Hughton that he does have a place in United's plans but Newcastle are likely to sanction a loan to enable him to play regularly, according to agent Nick Rubery. There is a degree of uncertainty over United's fringe men after Sunday's controversial club statement, which revealed the parlous state of United's finances and suggested little if any money will be available to Hughton to strengthen.

Even if he doesn't manage to recruit a striker with a Premier League track record, which was one of Hughton's priorities, the Newcastle manager can call on Best, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands who all appear ahead of Ranger.

And the United boss clearly believes that his England Under-19 forward needs the cut and thrust of regular games to develop his raw talent. Several Championship and League One clubs are interested in the striker, who was one of the few successes of Dennis Wise's illfated spell as executive director (football).

"Obviously, Nile has total respect for Chris Hughton and it is entirely up to him what he decides to do but the indication that we have been given is that he will be going out on loan next season," Rubery told The Journal. "I don't know whether that has changed because of the statement - it depends on Chris. It is totally up to him. But I think the thinking is that he needs first-team football to progress and that he might not get that in the Premier League which I think is understandable. "I think it would probably benefit him if he went out on loan to experience first-team football.

It has been shown to work in the past with other players and it's a route open to Nile. …

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