West Ham striker Andy Carroll has shared a departing message with fans at the end of his spell in East London, the club’s official website reports.
After seven years, 142 appearances, 34 goals and multiple injuries, Carroll’s time at West Ham is over. When his contract expires this summer, Carroll will leave on a free transfer.
The 30-year-old striker has had his ups and downs at West Ham. At times, he has shown glimpses of brilliance and is unplayable on his day. Unfortunately, though, persistent injury concerns have restricted his progress.
West Ham have finally lost patience with the physical centre-forward. He will move on after an injury-hit season prevented him from earning a new deal under Manuel Pellegrini.
Andy Carroll bids farewell
Speaking to West Ham TV, Carroll reflected: “It’s been up and down, but there have been a lot of positives,” he reflected. “I’ve grown as a person. I came as a young kid and two things that have come out of it really, both relationships, first with the team and players, and secondly with my partner. I met her down here and we have two unbelievable kids.
“Obviously the West Ham fans have been great and it’s very similar to a family relationship. Some days they like you and some days they loathe you, but deep down you know they love you, so it’s kind of the same!
Carroll also revealed that he was “disappointed” with the way his West Ham career ended. Another injury kept him sidelined at the end of the season so he was not able to say goodbye on the pitch.
He added: “I’m just disappointed at the way it has ended. It’s been tough, a roller-coaster for the last seven years, up and down, a lot of injuries which couldn’t be helped for one reason or another, but I’ve enjoyed my time at West Ham. It’s just been tough with the injuries, not only for me, but for the players I’ve played with, the managers and the fans.”
Carroll will now be looking for a new club. He joined West Ham from Liverpool back in 2012, initially on loan, and has spent the majority of his playing career in East London.
The 9-cap England striker now needs to focus on getting his fitness back up to earn a contract elsewhere. He says goodbye to West Ham after a frustrating spell which has left fans questioning what could have been.