Gateshead-born striker Andy Carroll has said today he is to put contract talks one side to focus on helping Newcastle United stay in the Premier League.
Andy Carroll – wants to help Newcastle relegation survival
And as the club approaches yet another tough relegation battle at Hull City, Andy’s local fighting qualities could help against Hull’s team, who always give 100%.
And with Newcastle deep in relegation trouble, for yet another season, Carroll told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s a huge battle.” “We need a win there to get us out of it.”
“After the performance against Manchester United, we just need to keep our heads up.”
“We must go into the game against Hull feeling positive.” “It will be tough, but we must get three points.”
Carroll is discussing a three-year extension to his current deal with improved terms, and there was news last week he had signed the contract. But from what Andy says today, that’s not true, and of course he did reject a 5 year deal at the club earlier, but now a 3 year improved deal is in the works.
Carroll talked about his future, as he continued:
“We are in negotiations and nothing has been settled. I have two more years at the end of the season.”
“I don’t want to go anywhere else, but I will see what happens.” “I want to stay here, but if I’m not going to get first-team football I would need to look elsewhere.”
“I’m coming up to 20 now and I need to start playing.” “If going on loan is going to prove that I can do it, I’ll do that and then come back here.”
“There are five or six strikers at the club, so I just have to score goals.” “Whether that is in training or the reserves I don’t know, but hopefully the gaffer sees what I can do.”
“I’ll only go away if they want me to.” “We’ll wait and see.”
We had thought that Andy had signed a new deal, but we’ll have to wait and see now. But most contract negotiations will likely be delayed until the outcome of the latest relegation battle is known.
There will be two vastly different plans in the summer, depending on whether we stay up or not.