Andy Carroll re-signs with Newcastle United

The 30-year-old striker has signed a one-year deal Credit: Newcastle United

Newcastle United have announced the signing of their former striker Andy Carroll on an initial one-year deal.

The 30-year-old was a free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of last season, but has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He's since shared his delight on social media tweeting "I'm Coming Home!!"

Carroll underwent ankle surgery in February and has not played since. He visited Newcastle United management today to secure the deal. The club said they're "delighted" to announce the return of Carroll.

Carroll emerged from the ranks at St James' Park as a teenager before earning a £35million move to Liverpool in January 2011.

Carroll's exit from Newcastle United prompted an outcry from fans who had hoped the club would build a team around the striker, although his problems since have somewhat mitigated the disappointment of his loss.

However, with record summer signing Joelinton untested in the Premier League, the addition of an experienced frontman is an attractive proposition as head coach Steve Bruce looks to replace the goals lost by the exits of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.