Andy Carroll left Newcastle due to the expiration of his contract

Mon 19 July 2021 | 10:17

Andy Carroll has exited Newcastle United after his contract expired, according to head manager Steve Bruce.

In 2019, the ex-Liverpool striker returned to Newcastle, although in 37 outings, he only scored once in the

Premier League

Carroll's contract expired at the end of last season, and his No. 7 jersey was reassigned to


; thus, Bruce revealed the 32-year-old's departure following Sunday's 1-0 friendly defeat at York. 

"I think Andy thinks it's time that he goes and plays," Bruce told 

Sky Sports News

 when quizzed about Carroll's future.

"I wish him the best of luck with it, he's done well for me but I think he's got it in his mind that he wants to go and play somewhere and enjoy his last few years."

Bruce confirmed the club is working on recruiting some fresh blood to St James' Park with less than a month until the beginning of the new Premier League season.

More departures are likely, with defender

Florian Lejeune

poised to sign a permanent deal with Alaves after a loan stint with the Spanish club last season.

"All of the decisions of getting a 25-man squad together is what it is all about now," Bruce added.

"All the work begins, we have got irons in the fire for two or three things and we will see what that develops.

"Flo Lejeune is away talking with the Spanish club where he was on loan last year so something might develop there.

"I am sure there will be a little bit of movement. The transfer market has been extremely quiet, and I expect it to be that way, but it will hot up a little bit I am sure."


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