Andy Carroll has completed an emotional return home to Newcastle United after leaving them eight and a half years ago.
Carroll started out his career at hometown club Newcastle and soon rose to stardom by bagging 33 goals and 21 assists in 90 appearances for the club. Therefore, he wasn’t shy of suitors and eventually sealed a British record £35m transfer to Liverpool in January 2011.
But the nine-time England international couldn’t reach his potential at Anfield and left for West Ham United a year later.
Although Carrol didn’t really fare any better as his Hammers career was clouded with a set of lingering injury issues that restricted him to just 142 appearances in his seven seasons in London.
So, Manuel Pellegrini’s side released the striker this summer after making just three Premier League starts last season.
However, reports emerged earlier this week that Carrol was on the verge of a surprise Newcastle comeback. It then came out on Thursday morning a deadline day move was nearly complete.
And now the Magpies have confirmed the news, with Carrol returning to St James’ Park on a one-year contract.
“It feels very good. My friends and family are here, and it’s the club that I support – it is home,” Carroll told the club’s website.
“I enjoyed the time I spent here, and hopefully I can carry on where I left off. When I left eight and a half years ago, I was scoring goals and I was enjoying my football.
“It’s been a pretty tough time since then and I just want to get back to that.
“I know it’s home. I’ve played here, I’ve spoken to the fans, I am a fan, and my family is here. For me to get back to where I was, I think this is the only place for me.”
Carroll is the fourth new player at Newcastle this summer following the arrivals of Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Emil Krafth and Jetro Willems.
Apparently, the former Liverpool man has taken a big pay cut to rejoin his hometown club.
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