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Andy Carroll re-signs for Newcastle United after eight and a half years away

Andy Carroll returns after spells at Liverpool and West Ham United Credit: PA

Andy Carroll has returned to Newcastle eight-and-a-half years after his £35million move to Liverpool.

The 30-year-old striker, who was a free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of last season, has signed an initial one-year deal with the club at which he made his name.

Carroll said: "It feels very good. My friends and family are here, and it's the club that I support - it is home."

Carroll has been plagued by injuries since moving away from Tyneside and is currently working his way back from ankle surgery.

However, he is desperate to return to the form he showed in a black and white shirt.

Carroll has been plagued by injuries since moving away from Tyneside and is currently working his way back from ankle surgery.

However, he is desperate to return to the form he showed in a black and white shirt.

He added: "I enjoyed the time I spent here, and hopefully I can carry on where I left off. When I left eight-and-a-half years ago, I was scoring goals and I was enjoying my football.

"It's been a pretty tough time since then, and I just want to get back to that.