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Darren Edmondson, manager of Blue Square Bet North club Workington, has been trying to bring controversial Premier…..

…..League striker Nile Ranger to Borough Park.

So far Ranger has not responded and after being released by Newcastle United. He is said to be playing Sunday League football in the north east.

Edmondson is regularly in touch with Newcastle and was given Ranger’s number by a member of the coaching staff.

“I got no reply so left a message but have heard nothing back from him. I guess the matter is closed now as he obviously doesn’t fancy playing at Workington,” said Edmondson.

Troubled youth international Ranger, 21, has made more headlines in his native London and in the north-east for his off-field antics rather than his exploits on it.

Reds did have a new player from the north east in the side which drew 0-0 against promotion-chasing Brackley Town on Tuesday night.

Teenage midfielder Callum Hope has joined from Sunderland and he was thrust into the limelight after only 9 minutes when he took the place of Jordan Connerton.

Edmondson said: “Jordan knew right away he had done something. It appears to be a thigh strain, not the pelvic injury which caused him problems earlier in the season.

“Callum is a player we have been talking about for two weeks and as he’s got a good left foot, and we have been short down that side of the field since Anthony Wright’s absence, it made sense to bring him in. I was pleased with what I saw.”

The Reds boss praised his players for their performance which earned them a second successive clean sheet.

“I thought we did very well and I was very pleased, especially as we had to change things round after Saturday’s win. We dug in when we needed to and really we had opportunities to win it on the break in the second-half,” said Edmondson.

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