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Striker Carroll rejoins boyhood club Newcastle

Former England striker Andy Carroll has rejoined his boyhood club Newcastle United, more than eight years after leaving them to join Liverpool in a then British record transfer.

The injury-plagued 30-year-old was a free agent after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.

"It's an amazing feeling," Tyneside-born Carroll said on Thursday. "On the way up it was butterflies in the stomach and I couldn't believe it really.

"It's been a long time. It's unfinished business. I left on a high and I want to come back to where I was, playing games, scoring goals and enjoying it really.