Newcastle brought Andy Carroll home to provide back-up and competition for Joelinton, in a move that stole much of the attention on transfer deadline day.
The free-agent signed a one-year deal, but the Shields Gazette are reporting that there is a significant clause in his contract, with an unspecified number of appearances by the Gateshead-born striker, automatically triggering a 12 month extension.
It makes perfect sense for Newcastle to insert something like this into the deal, with it giving the former number nine the incentive to stay fit, and push for a place in the side consistently.
Clauses should not matter to Newcastle fan Andy Carroll
His contract is already thought to be heavily incentified for him, with the report claiming a basic wage of £20-25,000 a week, with it increasing depending on appearances and goals.
But if that was not enough of a reason for him to be busting a gut for the cause, the thought of an extra year should see him champing at the bit to make the side.
Of course, Carroll was unlikely to need any extra motivation to be a success, with him being a Newcastle fan all his life, and being given the rare opportunity to play for his boyhood team on two separate occasions.
He is still only 30, and if he can stay healthy, there is no reason why the move cannot still turn out to be a huge success for both the player and the club.
Toon fans – who love to see the black and white shirt being worn by one of their own – will certainly be hoping so.