Chance of a lifetime
Nile Ranger was handed the chance of a lifetime by Newcastle United when he was plucked from football's scrapheap in 2008 and given the opportunity to resurrect his professional football career.
Like any young lad, the Londoner has made mistakes in his life but it would appear that he is failing to learn from them.
His lack of progress in the first team alone, having been overtaken by Sammy Ameobi, shows that.
This blog is not condoning any of Ranger's alleged recent activity but the alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear for the former England youth international.
Having watched Ranger - along with other regulars who take in the club's reserve games - move up through the ranks, there's no doubt that the striker is a talented lad who at one stage had the world at his feet.
His raw skill needs work, but there is a talent there as Alan Shearer pointed out during his short stint as boss.
It seems he has already distanced himself from England duty after his progress went backwards at Newcastle and he dropped down the pecking order.
Perhaps, some may feel it might be too late for United to put an arm around the player again.
After all, how much time do you spend bringing the best out of a player who has continued to let the fans, the club and himself down on many occasions?
Especially when there are others fighting their way up the system at the Academy.
One thing is for sure, there are players in this area and everywhere else who would swap places with Ranger and work for FREE to show they can make the grade at Newcastle United.
When Andy Carroll left for Liverpool in January, that was yet another chance for Ranger.
With Newcastle failing to bring in a striker this summer, there is another golden chance for somebody to stake a claim.
Ranger could spend the rest of his life kicking himself for wasting it.