FORMER Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has denied a charge of rape.
The sex attack is said to have happened at a hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle, in January.
Ranger, 22, of Gordon Gardens, Swindon, left Newcastle United in March.
The former England under 19 international will be tried by a jury at a trial currently listed in January next year.
Judge Jeremy Freedman granted him bail in the meantime.
One of the terms of his bail prevents him from entering Newcastle or north of the Tyne unless for a pre-arranged legal appointment.
He must not contact any prosecution witness and has to live at his home address.
Ranger has also been ordered to surrender his passport.
Ranger made more than 50 appearances for Newcastle United following his debut in August 2009.
He had spells on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.