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Former Preston striker Andy Carroll secures two-month Reading contract after Newcastle exit

Preston fans may remember Andy Carroll’s loan spell with the club, and he could end up facing North End after signing for Reading.

North End pounced in the summer of 2007 to sign Carroll on loan for six months.

Having been backed for a huge future at Newcastle, Carroll was seen as a massive coup at the time.

Just 18 at the time, Championship football came a little too soon for Carroll and he sadly looked out of his depth at Preston.

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Carroll managed just 12 games at Preston, scoring only once. The most memorable moment was a silly red card away at Scunthorpe United.

Few expected Carroll to become a top Premier League striker, but come January 2011 he had been sold to Liverpool for £35million.

That move famously didn’t work out, and injuries have ravaged Carroll throughout his career.

After ending a second stint with boyhood club Liverpool, Carroll has now found a new club in the Championship.

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Reading have confirmed the signing of Carroll on an initial two-month deal. The move keeps Carroll at the Madejski Stadium until mid-January.

This move seems similar to Preston signing Connor Wickham in terms of taking a punt on an experienced but injury-prone striker.

Preston face Reading at Deepdale in February, meaning Carroll would need to land at least a one-month extension to face North End.

That could well happen if Carroll impresses, with the striker looking to nail down a future with the Royals.

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