Good news today that Newcastle are very close to signing Jack Colback from Sunderland as a free agent, after a number of clubs, including Sunderland and West Ham have given him much improved offers over the last week or so.
Jack Colback – signing for Newcastle United
And there was an article recently on one of the West Ham blog sites saying that even though West Ham had offered the player £50K/week to join them, Jack was intent on signing for Newcastle, and our understanding is that’s always been true ever since we were fist linked with the 24 year-old earlier this year.
Jack is currently on holiday, and the news in the local press today is that he will sign for Newcastle when he returns, and it’s a done deal, and maybe Jack will be our first senior signing this summer, and it’s a good one.
It’s always good to sign Geordies to the team, and Jack is certainly that, having been born in Killingworth, which is close to Newcastle’s Benton Training headquarters, but he joined Sunderland when he was just 10 years old.
Not surprisingly, Colback is a boyhood Newcastle fan, and it’s already been reported that he is one who got away, and we are hoping that doesn’t happen too much in the future.
We’ve also heard from a couple of Jack’s friends, that Jack was always very keen to sign for Newcastle, ever since the news broke a few months ago that his contract was running out at the Black Cats.
Colback has been quoted as saying this while at Sunderland:
“Obviously parts of my family support Newcastle, but they certainly weren’t going to tell me not to sign for Sunderland. It was an opportunity I had to take.” “It was a massive chance for me.”
And earlier this year Jack said this before the game against Newcastle:
“As players it’s your job, isn’t it, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it’s your job to go out on the pitch and play as well as you can for whoever you play for and that’s what I do.”
This will be a good free agent signing for Newcastle, and we’re sure the club are trying to get at least one top striker through the door before the World Cup starts next Thursday in Brazil.
And the good news doesn’t stop there – and we also understand England have been installed as the new bookies favorites to win the World Cup for a second time.
Well maybe that was (yet) another dream. 😀
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