Nile Ranger has issued a message to Blackpool’s fans and players - I’m sorry.
The striker has been in the headlines again this week for all the wrong reasons after Neil McDonald hinted he wanted him sacked at Bloomfield Road.
Ranger failed to show for pre-season training this summer after going AWOL from Blackpool for almost eight months.
But the 24-year-old has broken his silence, posting a message on his Twitter account and apologising for his actions.
“I am sorry to my current team mates at Blackpool, for being missing for a long period of time and not attending pre-season and putting in the hard work during this time,” he said.
“I have been wishing the best for you all.
“To add to this I would like to apologise to everyone including management, players, staff and fans.
“I should have given more and been a better role model.”
Ranger pointed to the death of two friends in recent months as a possible reason for his absence, but said it shouldn’t be used as an excuse.
He added: “I just want to take the time out to write this post as I feel like I need to get this off my chest.
“I have seen two of my good friends pass away in a short space of time.
“Whilst overcoming this it has made me realise life really is too short and have really been taking things for granted.
“I would like to use this opportunity to thank, Southampton, Newcastle, Swindon and Blackpool for giving me the chance to experience the dream of being a professional footballer.
“I’m not using the death of my two friends as an excuse, as I know I should be doing better regardless.
“Truth be told I am just a young boy who has been living the dream playing a game which I do love and miss deeply and hope that one day I will be able to get back on a pitch and play because life is really is too short.”
Pool boss McDonald told The Gazette this week Ranger has no future at Blackpool and urged chairman Karl Oyston to sack him.