Andy Carroll says he is glad to be back to full fitness and is hoping to do enough this season to earn a new West Ham contract. England international Carroll made just his second appearance of the season on Saturday when coming on as a substitute in the 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.
The 29-year-old striker has been plagued with injury problems since his move from Liverpool in 2013 and he has only made 116 Premier League appearances in total, with 81 of those starts.
Related: Sarri Urges Hazard To Pen Deal
His current deal is due to expire at the end of the campaign and Carroll says he is hoping to show manager Manuel Pellegrini that he deserves to be handed a new contract. “It’s important for me to get back playing, get back fully fit and show that I deserve another deal here,” he said. “Be great if I can get it. If not, then we’ll see what happens. But at the minute I am focused on staying here and that’s where my head is at. “I feel I don’t have to score to make an impact. I’ve always said that. I think dragging defenders away and creating space for others to get in position – that’s something I do a lot. I think even if I don’t get on the scoresheet or assist I cause problems.”