Newcastle striker Andy Carroll opened up on his exit from West Ham, when speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail.
The 30-year-old joined the Hammers initially on loan from Liverpool in the summer of 2012, before making his switch a permanent one the following year for around £15 million (BBC Sport).
Unfortunately for Carroll, however, he really struggled with injuries during his time in east London.
The 6ft 4in hitman scored just 34 goals in 142 appearances for West Ham.
And he finally left in the summer, linking up with former club Newcastle on a free transfer.
Carroll spoke exclusively to the Daily Mail, and admitted that his lengthy spells on the sidelines at West Ham really got him down, suggesting that his move back to the north east has helped reinvigorate his career:
“I had good times at West Ham but I needed to get out. It had gone stale. The minute I woke up I didn’t want to speak to anyone. I was so angry with myself, my ankle, at not playing. When I went out, people wanted to talk about football and I just couldn’t handle it. I stayed in on my own. Then I was going upstairs when people were downstairs. I was like, ‘Get everyone out the house, I don’t want anyone here!’ I was in a dark place. It was hard to snap out of and it wasn’t until I was on the A1 driving back up here [to Newcastle] that I was like, ‘This is it, I can start enjoying life again’.”
In the end, Carroll leaving West Ham for Newcastle suited all parties involved. He always gave his all for the Hammers, but he just wasn’t providing value for money.
The 30-year-old has played 10 games for the Toon this season, and has chipped in with two assists thus far.
And most West Ham fans will wish him the best of luck at St James’ Park.