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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

  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #41

    But that was Tears for Fears lol

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  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #42

    Toon Fans Bad, Jail – and anyone else that’s interested…..

    Here’s a link to the Mail piece about the KateStewart22 tweeter.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10199497/amp/Saudi-official-linked-Jamal-Khashoggi-murder-accused-trolling-Newcastle-United-critics.html

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Saudi is behind it, the so called KateStewart22. It’ll not be the only country using a fake Twitter account to peddle its thoughts.

    But, just like Mail to push the Kashoggi connection when it comes to NUFC.

    KateStewart22

    Mmmmm, 22 eh? What’s froggy up to these days?

    😉

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #43

    Toon tang

    You know the score mate 😉

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #44
  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #45

    I mean, I can see what is happening.

    No joy for 14years and now you all cannot stop smiling

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #46

    England XI: Ramsdale, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Coady, Mings, Saka, Phillips, Bellingham, Foden, Smith Rowe, Kane.

    2
  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #47

    Will we be surprised if big Andy scores a hat-full for Reading? I won’t.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #48

    Good signing for them, we should have kept him.

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  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #49

    ROM, the bicycle at start of video reminds me of a funny story. Some “research group” decided to to see which city was more dodgy. Their idea was o to leave a bike in a public place and see how long it took to be be stolen

    1. Amsterdam about 5 mins….. as if there is a bike unlocked in Holland, then you use it and leave itafterwards.

    2.London no explanation needed 20 mins

    3 Paris… a bit after London

    Then Prague, where I lived for 3 years. (best city in the world)

    Left it right in the middle of the 2nd busiest square. Still there the next day

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #50

    Rom

    Haaaaarrdddddccooorrreeeeee!

    Love it. Ive stuck it on the back burner for the time being but i’ll be back one day.

    Geriatric Junglist! That’ll be me.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #51

    Is Edward Lear posting lots of stuff on the blog tonight?

    3
  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #52

    https://youtu.be/z69S4CFilsk
    One last one for Toontang

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #53

    By the way if anyone has missed it, England are playing tonight! 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #54

    Right, got to go out, later!

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #55

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Edward Lear, albeit under various guises’s been posting on here for years!

    1
  • Pottsclock

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #56

    They left a bike unlocked in Sunderland city centre a couple of years ago. Was still there a moth later because no one knew how to ride it.

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  • Mund

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #57
  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #58

    Peter

    London 20 minutes !!

    That can’t be right mate !

    More like gone in sixty seconds 🙂

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #59

    TT

    Great times mate ! 🙂

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #60

    Pottsclock

    😆

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  • Toonces

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #61

    Hopefully they teach Joelinton how to put his foot through the ball and to fight to stay on his feet more, not just fall over at every touch.

    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

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  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #62

    ESG… Playing is a bit of a stretch. ranked bottom of all teams and we need a point.

    1
  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #63

    Mund & TTB

    Classics from the top drawer there lads

    “Dance how ya like, we don’t give a fcuk”

    4
  • magicmac54

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #64

    Evening All

    It was on the local BBC news just now young Jamal Lewis is starting tonight for N Ireland v Italy in Belfast ill be keeping a close eye on him to see how he performs, its on Sky Sports Premier so a lot of you guys on here can see for yourselves how the lad gets on HWTL

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #65

    Certainly were Mr Ford, certainly were.
    Think you should be the new James Bond
    The names Ford, Rom Ford.
    😀

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #66

    Magic, lets hope he can stay on the field eh haa

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  • cyprus

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #67

    Best of luck Andy. Only 27 (!) goals to catch up with that other NUFC fan 😉

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  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #68

    TTB@W ARMY

    Don’t think they do a tux I my size mate 😉

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #69

    magicmac54,
    I hope you are well. Yes, I seen the line up’s earlier, would be great for the lad if he has a good game and will be a great touch if we hear that Eddie Howe has been in touch with him to wish him luck.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #71

    magicmac54,
    What a carry on today, turned up at the heliport at half six then got told it we could fly, stuck in miserable weather in Blackpool all day, finally got here at half six tonight and we’ve been told we’re going home on Thursday 😕
    We won’t hold them to that though.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #72

    You can tell by people’s comments who actually watches Joe play.

    Some have it in for him as he isn’t a no9, never was never will be.

    We’ll see the best of Joe under Eddie and he’ll be one of his main players.

    I expect him in Howe’s first eleven this week up front with Wilson!

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  • magicmac54

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #73

    None Football

    This covid pandemic is running amok here on this side of the pond, in our local Craigavon Hospital it is bursting to capacity all the wards full and the corridors also, and they had to turn ambulance`s away to other hospitals in N Ireland today, all this despite the fact a high percentage of our population have had the vaccine, but sadly the small amount of anti vaxxers are lets us down.

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  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #74

    I do like decent trance

    4
  • Romford mag

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #75

    I’m in a trance most days Peter 🙂

    2
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #76

    TTB@W ARMY,
    I seen your posts on emoji’s. I agree it can be a source of frustration and hoped the latest update from the editors would remedy it. Not being able to Nash your teeth or scratch your chin leaves you 😥
    There is a list of WordPress compatible emojis, however they’re not much fun and the novelty of posting 👿 and :mrgreen: soon wears off 🙁

    4
  • magicmac54

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #77

    Raj Jail,

    Thats shocking the way they are messing you lads about, you dont know whether your coming or going the way things are lately mate, on the positive side you might perhaps get to see the match on Saturday mate?

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #78

    Magic

    The countries with the highest infection rates just so happen to be the countries with the highest percentage of the population vaccinated.

    Odd as you’d expect the opposite!

    4
  • Peter

    Nov 15, 2021 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #80

    Op, the countries with highest rates just do not publish, China, India, Russia?

    Meanwhile in uk it is a covid death if you had it 28 days ago and get run over by a bus.

    I am tripled jabbed btw

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