Andy Carroll has completed a sensational deadline day return to Newcastle United, joining on a free after being released by West Ham earlier this summer.
The 30-year-old arrives over 8 years on from his £35m move to Liverpool, signing an ‘initial one-year deal’ – which is set to include a low basic wage along with appearances and goal-based incentives.
Here’s the official unveiling video released by the club in the last few moments:
The big man also had this to say after sealing a return to his boyhood club:
“It feels very good. My friends and family are here, and it’s the club that I support – it is home,”
“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.”
Here’s what Steve Bruce has had to following the announcement of Carroll’s return to St James’ Park:
“To bring a local hero like Andy back to Newcastle United is fantastic. 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.
“He gives us something different to what we already have and we’ll do our best to get him flying again.”
Welcome home, Andy!