Lee Ryder is reporting that Andy Carroll is due to sign a one-year extension to remain at Newcastle next season. He recently signed an extension until the end of this season as his contract was due to expire on June 30th.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) June 23, 2020
Andy came on for Joelinton late in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United. That was his first action since the third round FA Cup replay against Rochdale on January 14th.
With Carroll basically on a pay as you play deal, there is little financial risk in bringing him back for another season. However, he will eat up a squad place that could go to waste if he suffers another long-term injury.
It was going swimmingly for the Geordie this season since he made his return to St James Park against Brighton in September. Andy was only unavailable for two matches due to niggles until the new year.
That appeared to be the case when he suffered a hip injury in January, which was said to be minor. However, he just couldn’t get himself right and was out for two months before the season was suspended in March.
According to Bruce, the long break has done the trick, and he’s looking really sharp in training. This is what Bruce said about the striker recently:
“The break has got Andy right again.
“I shouldn’t say that but it’s the best I’ve seen him look.
“I hope that hasn’t put a jinx on him.”
Carroll has yet to score during his second stint at St James Park, but he’s chipped in with four assists.
He’s also taken on a mentoring role for some of the new signings and younger players. That could prove beneficial once the takeover is confirmed in what will be a transition period for the club.