Andy Carroll returns to Newcastle: Engalnd striker signs one-year deal

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The England worldwide himself took to Twitter to announce the deal, saying "I'm Coming Home", and said Newcastle was the "only club for him" after the deal was announced. When I left eight-and-a-half years ago, I was scoring goals and I was enjoying my football.

ANDY CARROLL is back at Newcastle 3,111 days after leaving his hometown club, insisting he has unfinished business in a black and white shirt.

Bruce is confident he now has the attacking threat to trouble opposition teams, as Newcastle bid to improve on last season's 13th-placed finish. "But when the club sold him for a record fee, he was the best pound-for-pound centre-forward there was in the country".

"The minute I left Newcastle it was always in my head to come back at one point".

The 30-year-old is a free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of last season, but has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and it is understood that the Magpies are examining his medical records closely as they weigh up their options. "I thought it would have been a lot quicker to be honest, but I'm here now and I'm ready to get started".

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"Coming back is something that only dreams are made of", he told Sky Sports News. "My friends and family are here, and it's the club that I support - it is home", Carroll said of his return.

"I need to bide my time, I have to get fit and get back in the game and work my way in", he said.

The Magpies manager has also described former Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin as "eccentric", adding: "I think I'm going to have a bit of fun and games with him".

Carroll underwent ankle surgery in February and has not played since.

Newcastle open their Premier League campaign at home to Arsenal on Sunday (14:00 BST).

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