Andy Carroll reveals stance on his future at Reading FC
Andy Carroll is looking to extend his stay at Select Car Leasing Stadium until the end of the 2022/23 season, according to the former England international he spoke to Tim Dellor.
The 33-year-old first joined the Royals in November last year when he penned a short-term deal to last through mid-January – but he opted to switch from West Bromwich Albion after his time at Berkshire ended despite the fact that the club wanted to keep him.
Laid off when his contract with the Hawthorns expired in the summer, he found himself again without a club and although he had been linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers nothing came of it.
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Instead, he signed another short-term contract at SCL Stadium and was again a key asset for Paul Ince’s side, scoring twice in 12 league games but producing some effective performances.
Although the veteran striker has impressed some fans, others have been critical at times as the former England international failed to make any real impact against Coventry City at the weekend.
There is good news for those who want him to stay with the 33-year-old open to extending his stay in Berkshire beyond the next month.
That’s good news for the royals as they could find it difficult to find a cheap replacement if he moves on – and he can be a valuable weapon at times with his flying abilities.
He may be ineffective at times – but at other moments he’s proven his worth as his header right at the end against Hull City proved crucial for his side as they clinched all three points at the MKM Stadium.
It remains to be seen if he is happy continuing to earn a reasonably modest salary – but you have a feeling he would take into account the fact that he understands the club’s financial situation.
He would have known of their limitations before penning a deal so they shouldn’t have many problems getting a deal across the line unless a bigger club comes in for him. However, there doesn’t seem to be much interest at the moment.
That may come as a disgrace to the player who has managed to stay fit, to his credit. But that split is probably his level now and he’ll have to accept that if he wants to extend his career beyond this tenure.