JOHN White feels Nile Ranger is hungry to succeed after being given another chance at Southend United.

White was part of the Shrimpers’ side during Ranger’s first spell at Roots Hall which ended at the start of 2018.

And the Blues captain believes the controversial striker is determined to do well on his return to Roots Hall.

“He’s been out of football a while and I think he’s hungry for it again,” said White.

“He’s recently become a dad and that focuses the mind on what you need to be doing.

"But I’m hoping for his sake as much as the football club that he comes and does what he can do and shown in glimpses before.

“Hopefully the other side of things has been left behind and it’s a fresh start for him to push on, make his mark and do something special.”

Ranger is back in training after recovering from a calf problem.

And White is hopeful the 29-year-old will soon be able to step back onto the pitch.

“A Nile Ranger on a good day is absolutely unplayable,” said the centre-back.

“We just need more of those good days and hopefully he can have an impact on the games we’ve got left, make things happen and give us something a bit different.”

Blues, who are currently 22nd in the League Two table, have also been boosted by the arrival of Ricky Holmes.

And White is certain the experienced winger will be an excellent addition.

“I’ve played against Ricky so many times and know him off the back of that so I know what he can bring to the squad and the team,” said White.

“He’s got that energy and drive and with it being his home-town club it’s a great opportunity for him to come work some magic with us.

"It’s a really good signing. He’s a proper, sturdy, experienced player that knows what to do and how to do it.”

Blues head to Forest Green on Wednesday night.