Andy Carroll takes a heavy blow for Reading after Newcastle exit

Former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll got a new club on Monday.

After a few months as a free agent, Carroll struck a short term deal with Reading on the championship side.

The 32-year-old has signed a two-month contract with the Royals and looks forward to the “fun and games” at the second level.

He has already impressed his new fans, scoring a stunning goal in his first training session.

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But while Carroll will be excited about what will happen to Reading, his new club have already taken a heavy blow. And no, it’s not an injury for the former England international.

Points penalty for Reading and Carroll

Reading was confirmed on Wednesday to have accepted an immediate six-point deduction. This is due to the club going over the EFL profit and sustainability limit.

When Carroll joined Reading they were 16th with 22 points. They are now 19th with 16 points. While not a massive drop, it got them much closer to the relegation zone.

Reading could also receive another six-point penalty next season if “the club cannot achieve an agreed business plan going forward.”

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Carroll has had a few tough years. His return to Newcastle did not go exactly as planned.

In his freshman year he had a few injury issues and in the second season he just wasn’t picked by Steve Bruce. Overall, Carroll only managed one goal in his second stint with the Magpies.

He hopes to do much better with a blue and white jersey, and Reading needs his goals even more after his six-point penalty.

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