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By Dan King

Andy Carroll hopes to cap a memorable few days by firing Newcastle to victory over Wigan Athletic in Saturday's St. James' Park clash.

The Magpies number nine signed a new five-year contract with his boyhood club last week and now, having dropped down to the bench for United's last match, the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, he hopes to return to the starting line-up this weekend.

In his first interview since committing himself to Newcastle for the next few years, Carroll told nufcTV about his delight at signing the new deal, and about his hopes for the next five years.

But his first goal is to start against The Latics and help his side record an important win after two defeats in successive outings.

"I've got to stick in at training and try and get a place back in the 11 - which I have been doing - so I'm looking forward to seeing what the team is for the weekend," he said.

"(Manchester City) was disappointing, but it was always going to be a tough game. We've had our break now and we're looking forward to playing Wigan on Saturday.

"I want to keep on scoring goals and winning games, that's the main thing. I just look at it week after week - I don't look at it long term, just what's happening next week."

On his new contract, which will see him remain on NE1 until at least 2015, he said: "It's an unbelievable feeling to wear the number nine and to know I'm here for another five years.

"It's a great feeling - one of the best feelings I've had. It's my local team, it's where I was brought up. It's my team - and it's where I want to stay."