Andy Carroll’s contract with Newcastle United contains a clause that could see his time on Tyneside extended for another season, should he play a certain number of games, according to the Shields Gazette.
The 30-year-old rejoined his boyhood club on an initial one-year deal, with a reported basic weekly wage of between £20,000 and £25,000, which will increase significantly should he play or score for the Magpies.
And it is now understood that he could bag himself an automatic extension to his current stint, provided he makes an as-yet-unspecified number of appearances for the Toon Army this season.
This sounds like a really good deal for Newcastle, but they will have to be careful. First and foremost, incentivising Carroll’s deal is a smart move. For one thing, the striker’s injury record is an unavoidable concern. The big man has had 17 different injuries over the course of the past decade, as per Transfermarkt, and even though he is fit again now, there is just no knowing how long his body will hold up. Pay-as-you-play, with a low basic wage, is a great idea, and one that should be commended. This appearance based extension could prove to be a shrewd move too, but it could also make a rod for Steve Bruce’s back. If Carroll has a shaky season, or if he is on the cusp of meeting his appearance quota and Bruce is unsure whether he wants to keep him on or not, then expect to see him warming the bench week after week. Given the potential impact he could have, that in turn could lead to the Magpies losing a valuable asset later in the season. It’s a tightrope.