Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has signed a new five-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club.
The Gateshead-born forward, a product of the club's youth academy, has committed himself to the St James' Park outfit until 2015.
He told www.nufc.co.uk: "All I have ever wanted to do is play for Newcastle United. That's been the case since I was a teenager, playing for the juniors and reserves, and it's still the same now."
Carroll, who was handed the famous number nine shirt at the start of the season, has so far scored four goals this term including a hat-trick in the 6-0 victory over Aston Villa in August.
"Every time I pull on the black and white shirt - and even more so now I have number nine on my back - it means the world to me, so to be able to do that for at least the next five years is brilliant," added the England Under-21 international.
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias was equally thrilled with the 21-year-old's new deal and said: "We're dedicated to bringing exciting young players through our youth academy to play for the club. Andy Carroll certainly fits that bill, having graduated through the ranks here, and we're extremely pleased to have agreed with him a new long-term deal. Players like Andy are the future of this club."