The Shields Gazette today is reporting that Newcastle are interested in Sunderland central midfieler Jack Colback, who will be out of contract at the end of the season, and would then become a free agent – unless he signs a deal with the Black Cats before that time.
Jack Colback – 24 year-old Sunderland midfielder
The 24 year-old was born in Killingworth, but he’s one that Newcastle missed out on, and he joined Sunderland when he was just 10 years old.
Sunderland are in extreme danger of being relegated this season, and if they cannot get some points on the board in their next 3 game – at home to Everton on Saturday, at Manchester City on Wednesday and then at Chelsea the following Sunday – it could be all over for them.
And Sunderland will have to sell some of their high earning players if they are relegated, and could have difficulty keeping players like Colback on board, that’s just some of the many disadvantages that come with relegation these days.
And it’s a terrible thing for supporters to have to go though.
Manager Gus Poyet said in February that contract talks were ongoing for Colback, but of course the wages would need to be reduced on any new deal if Sunderland are relegated, and that gives an opportunity to a club like Newcastle.
It remains to be seen if Colback would be willing to switch his allegiance to Newcastle, having come through the Sunderland Youth Academy, and he also spent a couple of loan spells at Ipswich Town in his development.
Jack is a talented player, and has played 127 times for Sunderland with 4 goals, and while at Ipswich he played 55 times with 5 goals, so at 24 he has a dent amount of experience.
Newcastle are always interested in free agents, simply because they are good deals for the club, but we have our doubts about whether Jack Colback would want to leave Sunderland for Newcastle – even though he was born north of the River Tyne.
What do you think?