Andy Carroll could earn up to £70k a week for Newcastle United, but he will only do so if he starts for the Magpies. 

Carroll, 30, returned to his boyhood club on Deadline Day following his release by West Ham United at the end of last season. 

He started his career at St James' Park, helping the club to get promotion from the Championship in 2009/10 and enjoyed a prolific half season upon Newcastle's return to the Premier League before moving to Liverpool for £35m in January 2011. 

Andy Carroll,Joey Barton

According to ​​The Sun, Carroll will earn £22.5k a week as his basic wage at ​Newca​​stle but his pay could rise to £70k if Steve Bruce chooses to start him in a game. 

The play to pay strategy certainly reduces the risk of Carroll's wages becoming a burden on the club, considering the number of injuries the former England international suffered during his time with ​West Ham

Carroll signed for the Hammers on a permanent deal in 2013 for a then club-record fee of north of £15m, but made just 142 appearances for the club during his seven-year spell in London, scoring 34 goals. 

While Carroll showed occasional flashes of brilliance at West Ham, his time at the club was blighted by injuries and he rarely got more than twenty ​Premier League appearances in a season.

Andy Carroll

Even when fit, Carroll never really returned to the form he showed during the first half of 2010/11 with Newcastle, and at 30, his return to the Magpies appears very much to be his last chance saloon.