Andy Carroll loving the ‘fantastic training ground’ at Reading after Newcastle United exit
Andy Carroll has joined Reading on a short-term contract, initially with the Championship club until mid-January.
Newcastle fans no doubt taking a keen interest in what the former NUFC striker picked out for special mention when joining the second tier club.
Andy Carroll declaring on seeing the facilities he will now be enjoying: ‘I’ve come here to a fantastic training ground and a great club.’
Reading’s new training complex, three times the size of their previous one, has already seen the club’s owners spend over £50m on.
When Andy Carroll walked back into Newcastle United in summer 2019 after almost a decade away, things felt very familiar…
Little wonder, because Mike Ashley refused to allow any kind of proper investment in Newcastle United’s infrastructure, to the point where one of the first things the new NUFC owners did, was to give the outside of St James Park a proper clean.
Whilst Reading have built a state of the art £50m+ new training complex, Andy Carroll found the exact same training ground when returning to Newcastle after all those years away. Mike Ashley announced in 2013 that a new ‘state of the art’ training complex was urgently needed and was essential if Newcastle United were going to be able to compete, he promised in 2013 that it would be built ASAP.
When Ashley sold Newcastle United more than eight years after that new training complex promise, not a single brick had been laid.
This sums up the challenge facing the new NUFC owners, almost 15 years of neglect under Mike Ashley, with a new training ground just one of countless priorities for them to address.
Andy Carroll after signing for Reading:
“I feel absolutely brilliant.
“I’ve come here to a fantastic training ground and a great club, and I’m looking forward to getting started.
“I just want to get back to playing football. It’s been tough not playing – so to be here for the next couple of months will be good for me to get back out on the pitch again and playing football.
“I’ve been working hard with a couple of trainers – one of them is a big Reading fan, so he’ll be over the moon! And I’ve been keeping myself fit and busy, waiting for a chance like this.
“I’ve spoken to the manager – he seems like a great guy and a great manager. He wants me back in there scoring goals, winning games!
“I like to get other players involved – as well as scoring goals I like creating chances and that’s something I love doing and I want to start doing again. It’s been a while since I’ve played so I want to get back fully fit, scoring goals and getting the lads around me. That would be brilliant.
“Even though I’m one of the oldest in the team, I can still learn from younger lads as well! So it’s not just me giving – I can learn as well.
“But from the clubs I’ve been at, and the players I’ve played with and against, there’s a lot of learning there for me as well.”
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