Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carroll in New Deal at United; United Striker Andy Seals Five-Year Deal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carroll in New Deal at United; United Striker Andy Seals Five-Year Deal

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NEWCASTLE United striker Andy Carroll has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League club, writes LUKE EDWARDS. The Gateshead-born forward, a product of the club's youth academy, has committed himself to the St James' Park outfit until 2015.

And last night he told www.nufc.co.uk: "All I have ever wanted to do is play for Newcastle United. That's been the case since I was a teenager, playing for the juniors and reserves, and it's still the same now."

Carroll, handed the famous number nine shirt at the start of the season, has so far scored four goals this term including a hat-trick in the 6-0 victory over Aston Villa in August.

"Every time I pull on the black and white shirt - and even more so now that I have number nine on my back - it means the world to me, so to be able to do that for at least the next five years is brilliant," he added.

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias was equally thrilled with the 21-year-old's new deal, saying: "We're dedicated to bringing exciting young players through our youth academy to play for the club.

"Andy Carroll certainly fits that bill, having graduated through the ranks here, and we're extremely pleased to have agreed with him a new long-term deal.

"Players like Andy are the future of this club and we have spent a long time putting together a deal that is right for both him and Newcastle United."

Meanwhile, United boss Chris Hughton has other reasons to be delighted - with Joey Barton's start to the season and the fact he is now willing to let his football do the talking.

Barton has struggled to justify his reputation at Newcastle because of three years of injury disruption, but the former Manchester City star has arguably produced his best football in a black-and-white shirt under Hughton. No stranger to controversy and never short of an opinion, the 28-year-old is one of the club's most out-spoken characters. But Hughton has asked him not to court publicity or media attention and Barton has responded with a consistent run of influential displays in midfield. …

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