Ranger determined to make most of Newcastle chance
A summer spent in Mexico with close mate Henri Lansbury gave him time to reflect on his career. And his new-found desire has helped him nudge his way up the Newcastle pecking order.
“When I came on against Wigan, it was like a dream for me,” he told the Sunday Sun. “I never thought I’d make it to the Premier League that soon.
“I know I’m not the finished article though. Last season, even though I was getting quite a few games, I wasn’t the best off the field. I was still doing silly things.
“This season I have matured – I’ve seen the bigger picture and I’ve settled down.
“I know I’ve had a lot of chances at a lot of clubs where it didn’t work out for me and I had to change. I got a lifeline coming to Newcastle when I did. I’ve got to make the most of it.
“Some of the older lads I’ve looked up to. Kevin Nolan has spoken to me quite a lot, told me I need to be on point. Alan Smith is the same. Sol Campbell has as well - he has told me ‘Come on, you’ve got the ability, don’t waste it’.
“But playing in the Premier League doesn’t really mean anything. I need to keep level-headed.”