Andrew Carroll Happy To Move to Preston

Andrew Carroll talked today to the Newcastle Journal about his six month loan spell at Preston North End, which was arranged yesterday.

With so many Championship clubs after young Andrew, it was a recommendation from boss Sam Allardyce that sent him on his way to Deepdale, and under the care of Preston manager Paul Simpson.


Andrew Carroll – looking forward to his spell at Preston

Now we have Tim Krul at Falkirk and Andrew at Preston we’ll have to keep a watch out for them during the next six months to see how they are doing. All being well we would expect both players to be at their respective clubs all season – not just through January.

We certainly think these two are potential stars of the future at Newcastle and it’s sensible that Big Sam has sent them out to get some playing experience.

This is what 18 year-old Andrew told Luke Edwards of the Journal today:

“I was given a few clubs to choose from, but when I was looking at them Preston looked like the right move so I got straight on the phone to Paul and sorted it out.”

“They seemed like the right team for me and I thought that I’d fit in well. There’s a few good players here and hopefully I can get on well with them.”

“Obviously I’m delighted with the move and I just want to play some games and get some goals under my belt.”

“I hope I get some goals down here so that I can show everyone I can do it.”

Carroll’s height at 6’4”, and obvious strength in the air will make him quite a handful in the Championship – and it’s going to be very interesting to see how he progresses. While goals will be one measure of his achievements this season the youngster was keen to stress to Preston supporters yesterday there is more to the Gateshead-born player than just winning headers.

Andrew went on:

“Everyone thinks I’m a target man, but it’s not just about the head all the time,”

“I can get the ball down and score goals with my feet as well. Everyone calls me a young Duncan Ferguson up in Newcastle.”

“They say I’m aggressive and good in the air, able to hold up play. Sam said Preston is a good club so I took his word for it and I’m down here and I just want to do well.”

“The gaffer here tells me that we’ve got a good bunch of lads and he’s just expecting me to train well and get into the first team.”

“I’d just like to play my best all the time and play every week.”

The Preston fans should love Andrew – once he starts producing for them. It’s going to be good to watch young stars Tim Krul and Andy Carroll coming along in the next few months – they certainly seem to have everything it takes to make it in the big time – but the next season or so will be very important to both of them.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Tom from Aus

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I think it is great. in no time at all we will have another world class player.

  • Tito

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I really hope we can hang on to him and not let him go in the end like Shearer.. He looks class.. lol..

  • Tez

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Carroll reminds me of Chopra but with a presence.
    He is big tall and strong while also being good with the ball on the ground. And most importantly an eye for goal.

    I am happy preston was chosen – he can take Nugents place and hopefully get some games and goals under his belt.

  • Sean

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Good business by Big Sam Carrol was never going to get better at newcastle this season which would hav been a shame for such a good prospect. I think he’ll do well at preston and pick up experience from it

  • Obafan

    Aug 15, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    @Sean: indeed again an intelligent move by BS, let a talented player go on loan to gain experience and match rhythm, because he wouldn’t have had a chance this season with our striker force. Preston will be happy with him in their side.

  • Pete

    Aug 15, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I wonder, has Sheaerer talked/coached him at all?

    I know Al is a big fan of the old scholarship routes as on MOTD he keeps banging on about how he had to clean other peoples boots etc

  • ende

    Aug 15, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Best of luck to young Carroll. He should get some good experience out of this.


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