Monday 09 June 2014
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Jack Colback on a free transfer.
The 24-year-old midfielder will be leaving Sunderland, whom he joined at 10, when his contract expires and has signed a long-term deal at St James' Park.
Colback made his Sunderland debut in the final match of the 2009/10 season against Wolverhampton Wanderers and then had a successful loan season at Ipswich Town. Having returned to Sunderland, he went on to make 115 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, appearing in a number of positions. Three of his four League goals for Sunderland came last season, including one in the Tyne-Wear derby.
"If you asked fans the one thing they'd like to do before they die, it would be to play for the team they support and I've got the chance to do that"
"To come to the team I supported as a boy, my hometown team, will be really special for me," said Colback, who was born in Killingworth, just north of Newcastle. "It was an opportunity I couldn't let slip. If you asked fans around the world the one thing they'd like to do before they die, it would be to play for the team they support and I've got the chance to do that.
"I've only got good things to say about Sunderland. They gave me my chance and I want to thank the fans and the club for all their support. I hope they can understand the chance I've had here to move to my boyhood club. Now I can't wait to pull on the black-and-white shirt at St James' Park for the first time."
Colback is the second signing of the summer by Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, who has also brought in Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez and he was delighted with his latest acquisition.
"He's a great passer, versatile and rarely gives the ball away," Pardew said of Colback to the Newcastle website. "He's also a local lad and knows exactly what playing for this Club means.
"And at 24 years old, his best years are ahead of him so I think he'll be a big asset to us."
Colback will become the eighth player to have appeared for both North-East rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.