Andy Carroll: Newcastle striker was 'desperate' to return, says boss Steve Bruce

Andy Carroll: Newcastle striker was 'desperate' to return, says boss Steve Bruce

Andy Carroll: Newcastle striker was 'desperate' to return, says boss Steve Bruce

Carroll signed a 12-month contract at St James' Park on transfer deadline day, eight-and-a-half years after leaving for Liverpool in a £35m deal.

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The former England global came through the club's academy and went on to make 90 appearances for Newcastle across all competitions, scoring 33 goals and claiming 21 assists.

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.

"But for the adaptation for me, my English is (not) very good, but I can speak and I can understand some things". "My friends and family are here, and it's the club that I support - it is home".

I left on a high. It's been eight-and-a-half years. I want to come back and get back to where I was, scoring goals and playing games and enjoying it really.

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"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". He is very excited to be home.

"He is a big, physical threat in the opposition box and another great option for us at the top end of the pitch".

Carroll is the fifth player to join the club since Bruce's appointment, following in the footsteps of record capture Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth.

"He's not young Andy Carroll any more, he's at that veteran stage".

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. The club said they're "delighted" to announce the return of Carroll.

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