Newcastle’s Andy Carroll singing from a more mature hymn sheet later in his career

Newcastle’s Andy Carroll singing from a more mature hymn sheet later in his career

Andy Carroll has insisted his “daft” years are behind him as he prepares to resume his career at first club Newcastle.

The Gateshead-born 30-year-old striker burst on to the scene as a teenager at St James’ Park and found himself thrust into both the limelight and a series of off-field scrapes as his stock rose on it, eventually resulting in a then-British record £35million switch to Liverpool in January 2011.

Now back on Tyneside after a surprise deadline-day move by the Magpies, he is adamant he is a different man to the one who left the north east eight and a half years ago and by his own admission, that is due in large part to his fiancé Billi Mucklow.

He told the club’s official website: “I’ve got no doubt that I was daft when I was here, and no doubt that I was daft for a couple of years after as well. But I met my missus, and we’ve got four kids living at home now, we’ve got animals, we’ve got responsibilities.

“There’s no more behaviour like it was, you know? I was stupid, I was young, and I was carried away with the lifestyle that I had.

“Now it’s completely different. I’m actually a dad, I’ve grown up, and got responsibilities, so… I’ve got a purpose.”

Despite the promise he showed during his first spell at Newcastle, Carroll’s career has not panned out the way he might have hoped with injuries limiting his involvement with clubs Liverpool and West Ham as well as England.

He is currently working his way back to full fitness after ankle surgery, and is acutely aware of the amount of football he has missed.

He said: “It’s not my fault. I don’t want to be sitting in the gym by myself doing rehab. I want to be outside doing what I love to do, playing football and being with the lads. I’ve been out of it for so long and I don’t want to be like that.

“People think you’re getting paid so it doesn’t matter. No, that’s not the case. I haven’t come into this job to get paid. Yeah, it pays well, but I’ve come into it because I love it – there’s a difference.

“I don’t love being in the gym. Everyone that knows me knows I hate the gym, it’s the worst thing ever. I want to be outside.

“I’m working my ******** off to get fit and I was working my ******** off when I was injured as well. It’s non-stop.”

Head coach Steve Bruce will not rush Carroll back into action before he is ready despite the club’s pressing need for results, and his second debut may still be several weeks away.

However, a man who at his best can terrorise defenders cannot wait until the day he can pull on the black and white shirt once again.

He said: “I’m more buzzing to put it on now, the shirt, than I was when I was 17. I’m so excited.”

- Press Association

More on this topic

Newcastle boss Bruce confident ahead of Carrow Road tripNewcastle boss Bruce confident ahead of Carrow Road trip

Newcastle boss Bruce hopes returning striker Andy Carroll can recapture best formNewcastle boss Bruce hopes returning striker Andy Carroll can recapture best form

Joelinton prepared for ‘huge responsibility’ of being Newcastle’s number nineJoelinton prepared for ‘huge responsibility’ of being Newcastle’s number nine

Newcastle target appointment ahead of pre-season friendliesNewcastle target appointment ahead of pre-season friendlies


More in this Section

Imagine a Conor Murray or James Ryan obliged to walk through pre-match drinkers outside pubs in Beggars BushImagine a Conor Murray or James Ryan obliged to walk through pre-match drinkers outside pubs in Beggars Bush

Arsenal were lucky not to lose at Watford – Bernd LenoArsenal were lucky not to lose at Watford – Bernd Leno

West Ham battle to draw at Aston Villa despite dismissal of Arthur MasuakuWest Ham battle to draw at Aston Villa despite dismissal of Arthur Masuaku

Jonny May tips England’s attack to cut through teams at the World CupJonny May tips England’s attack to cut through teams at the World Cup


Lifestyle

Make-up artist Terry Barber reveals the secret to pulling off the bold lip look.This is how to make black lipstick work in real life, according to a catwalk make-up pro

Off to the Japan? After a trip to Tokyo, Ella Walker outlines the best things to eat between matches.These are the dishes to try if you’re going to Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup

It still surprises me as I am achingly private and do not enjoy being at the centre of attention.This Much I Know: Actor Aislin McGuckin

Bride Geraldine O’Donovan felt as wonderful as she looked on her big day — knowing she was supporting a cause close to her heart as she donned her wedding gown.Wedding on the Week: Supporting a cause close to their hearts

More From The Irish Examiner