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Andy Carroll Joins Injury-Ravaged Reading On Short-Term Deal



Andy Carroll, who has been a free agent since leaving Newcastle this past summer, has joined Reading on a two-month contract until January. Here is the announcement from the Championship club.

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic said the following about his new striker:

“This is a deal which we have been working on for some time and are confident it is the right move for both player and club.

“Andy is looking for a new challenge in his career and we need a player with his quality and vast experience!

“So this is a great match and I’m really looking forward to working with Andy over the next couple of months.”

Carroll, of course, spent the previous two seasons with Newcastle. However, he was unceremoniously released when his contract ran out without even a blurb from the club.

In September, Carroll spoke with Alan Shearer, who wrote an article on their interview in The Athletic. The 32-year-old revealed that he had heard nothing from Newcastle on renewing his contract despite a promise that talks would be held after last season.

Here is some of what Andy told Alan:

“We were talking and mentioning it. I said, ‘What’s happening?’ and it was, ‘At the end of the season we’ll talk about it and that’s how it was left.

“At the end of the season, it wasn’t (talked about). I just kind of got the idea. There was no point in chasing anything.

“Obviously, it was a little bit upsetting for me in that I wanted to be there and all my family wanted me to be there and suddenly I’m not, so I was taken aback.

“It was hard, but that’s how it is and I’ve got to get on with it. That’s how the contract ran out.

“I don’t think I’ve got the energy to be angry about it. It’s not going to change anything, so why even bother? I’ve just go to move on to the next thing.”

Andy has moved to the next thing and that is a chance to earn a longer-term deal with Reading. He should get some immediate playing time once he gets a few weeks of training under his belt.

The Royals have been decimated with injuries this season. They have been without their top two goal scorers from last season in striker Lucas Joao and winger Yakou Meite for the entirety of this campaign.

Star midfielder John Swift has picked up some of the slack with 8 goals. However, their current starting striker, George Puscas, has yet to find the back of the net this season.

Reading are currently 16th in the Championship and ended a four-match losing streak with a win at Birmingham just before the international break.

This is an outstanding opportunity for Andy and we wish him the best of luck at The Madejski Stadium.


325 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    thee can be only one

    1
  • geordietom

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #2

    there *

    0
  • Not another deJong

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Neil

    That headline has me creased over……..

    7
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s hope he stays fit.

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Reading FC home of injured souls

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    You know you’re in trouble when you sign Carroll to ease your injury woes.

    Up the creek.

    8
  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Mund you know exactly where they are, that’s why your so rattled,

    34
  • carltoon

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Tom! That link to the mag, re the Brentford fans was great to read fans really wanting to come to Newcastle for the football and the City, really positive, and they sold their ticket allocation immediately

    7
  • Not another deJong

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #9
  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Rattled 😆 I don’t think so mate

    You can’t show it as they don’t exist.

    0
  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2021 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #11

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆
    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆
    😆 😆 😆 😆 :lol 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    16
  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Rattled

    17
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #13

    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:
    :eyeroll:

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    🙂

    0
  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh dear me 😳

    3
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    😆
    🙄

    3
  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #17

    😆 so much effort for little old me 😉

    I feel honoured

    7
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #18

    😀

    1
  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    i no what that looks like but i only did one.

    my apologies

    4
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #20

    :purple:

    1
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Ah bollicks to it

    3
  • hibbit

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #22

    and what happened to my words ??

    0
  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Good luck wor Andy!

    5
  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #24

    WordPress really needs some new emoji’s !!

    4
  • geordietom

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Carltoon …

    brilliant off the Brentford fans coming up to enjoy them selvs no slagging us off either …

    3
  • geordietom

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    :rol:

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  • geordietom

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #27

    try’s again 🙄

    2
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Romford it’s a pity you can’t use the emoji’s like you do on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook etc, so much easier.
    Thumb up emoji

    5
  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d imagine the Brentford lot will just appreciate every moment they are in the PL.

    1
  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #30

    TTB@W ARMY

    Aye mate , loads to choose from !

    I suspect some of the rude and insulting one’s would get alot of use on here though 😆 😉

    2
  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Come on. Be nice to each other.

    That link to Brentford take of tickets was interesting. They are my closest EPL club and good fans. I fear for them wearing red and white stripes down the Bigg Market on a Saturday night.

    4
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #32

    https://youtu.be/c5tbKNiVcf4
    Ha you’re right there Rom, have a nice chill tune for a Monday night
    😉

    3
  • Davas28

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Quite an interesting article on Joelinton (apologies if it’s already been posted):
    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-eddie-howe-joelinton-training-22166676

    3
  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #34

    The Chronicle
    @ChronicleNUFC
    Joelinton is keen to impress Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe and the club’s record signing has been working with an analyst and fitness coach in his spare time | #NUFC

    11
  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Whistle posse 😉

    3
  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Is this blog an REM tribute. So many smiley happy people

    5
  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Peter

    It’s a mad world mate 😉

    0
  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Everybody hurts lads 😉

    2
  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #39

    True ROM, true

    1
  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Rom 35

    I used to be fully fledged member of the whistle posse and horns crew.

    Top one nice one get sorted ahaha

    5
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