Newcastle United forward Andy Carroll reportedly only needs to play nine more games this season to earn a new contract at St James’ Park.
The 30-year-old returned to the Magpies in the summer on a one-year deal and has proven to be a decent free transfer addition so far.
According to the Sun, the striker’s deal included a clause that meant it would trigger a new contract if he played 20 games.
The English powerhouse has had dreadful injury luck throughout his career and there will be caution about him, but he needs just nine more fixtures to secure a fresh contract.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has expressed his delight about Carroll and would like to see him extend his current stay beyond the summer.
“We’d be delighted to tie Andy up. I know there are stipulations in there. I think something triggers it. We’ll see how he is. Hopefully, another one triggers in,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Sun.
Carroll is yet to score during his second stint in a Newcastle shirt since returning to his boyhood club, but has shown some positive moments in the final third.
He’s still an old fashioned striker that bullies defenders with his height and strength, which allows his rapid teammates to work off him.
The forward has two assists under his belt to so far and turned in a positive display in the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Carroll can be an effective squad player for Newcastle if he stays fit and is a different option to Joelinton, but the club still really need to sign a striker.