By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th Jun, 2020 | 7:29pm

'Huge' - Exclusive: Instant Alex Bruce verdict on official Newcastle statement

Alex Bruce has revealed his delight to see Andy Carroll sign a contract extension at Newcastle United.

The former Premier League defender and son of Magpies boss Steve, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 31-year-old is a “huge” player for the club.

Newcastle confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Carroll has signed a new one-year deal on Tyneside after returning to St James’ Park on a free transfer last summer.

Having come up against Carroll during his time in the Premier League, Bruce insists he is a nightmare for defenders and that he is looking forward to seeing the giant striker terrorising the opposition for another year.

Speaking to Football Insider minutes after Carroll’s contract was announced, Bruce said: “He’s come back very fit, it’s been on record that he’s been great and long may it continue. A fit Andy Carroll is a real handful, speaking from experience.

“Any centre-half who sees him coming on the pitch, whether it’s from the start or coming on as a sub you know you’re going to have a job on your hands and that can only be good for Newcastle.

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“He’s a huge player for Newcastle, gives them something a little bit different. He’s that old-school type target man and when the ball comes in that box he’s a real handful. It’s good he’s signed another year and hopefully he can bang a few more goals in for Newcastle in that time.”

Carroll has played 15 times in the league for Newcastle since returning to the club, with five assists from just four starts under his belt.

He has a total of 107 appearances for his boyhood club, having left Tyneside for Liverpool in 2011.

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