Andy Carroll re-signs with Newcastle United

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2019

Manager Steve Bruce added: "To bring a local hero like Andy back to Newcastle United is fantastic".

Several sources, including Oliver Kay and Chronicle Live journalist Lee Ryder, have revealed that the Magpies could sign the English striker, who is now a free agent after leaving West Ham United at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Andy Carroll has returned to Newcastle United on a free transfer, eight and a half years after leaving the club in a British record deal.

Gateshead-born Carroll came through the ranks at Newcastle and made his debut for the club as a 17-year-old. "My friends and family are here, and it's the club that I support - it is home".

For Newcastle, re-signing Andy Carroll would certainly be a feel-good signing for the club - and under the Mike Ashley era, any sort of feel-good moment would be welcomed by the Toon faithful.

"I enjoyed the time I spent here, and hopefully I can carry on where I left off".

He said: "He [Carroll] was desperate - a bit like myself, I suppose - to come back". When I left eight-and-a-half-years ago, I was scoring goals and I was enjoying my football.

"I know it's home". What an exciting player for the Newcastle fans.

"I think there is unfinished business [for me here]". He is very excited to be home.

A combination of poor form and crippling injuries has halted his progress since he left in 2011, however, with Carroll only going on to score 45 more goals at club level over the last eight years. Carroll played 14 times last season for West Ham scoring just once. The club said they're "delighted" to announce the return of Carroll.

His progression continued apace in the top flight with his 11 goals by Boxing Day, which included a hat-trick against Aston Villa, prompting Liverpool to swoop on the final day of the winter transfer window in January 2011 with an offer Newcastle simply could not refuse.

The 22-year-old winger has penned a long-term deal that will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2025 and is raring to go ahead of his side kicking off their Premier League season against Arsenal on Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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