I’ve joined club on the up, says £17.5m Carroll

Frank Dalleres
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RECORD signing Andy Carroll insists he joined West Ham in a £17.5m move because he is convinced the club have a bright future.

The England centre forward, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park from Liverpool, signed a six-year contract worth £100,000 per week on Tuesday.

“It’s fantastic to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent,” said the 24-year-old.

“The fans, the lads and the club itself has been great to me, and what I wanted to do was come back here and play football.

“Getting promoted the season before last, then finishing where we did [10th] – we did great, and it can only get better for us. The way the club’s being run, getting the new stadium – it’s only going up.”

Carroll, who became the most expensive British player ever when Liverpool paid Newcastle £35m for him in 2011, scored seven goals in 24 appearances for the Hammers last term in a campaign interrupted by injury.

He hopes that a key role at West Ham will aid his bid to be selected by England boss Roy Hodgson for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.