Jack Colback has trained all week with his new team mates – at Newcastle’s Benton Training grounds, and the Killingworth lad has said the players have warmly welcomed him into the squad.
Jack Colback – after singing on at Newcastle
Jack was signed as a fee agent from Sunderland in June, and it seems that Colback is really looking forward to the pre-season – with a trip down under to New Zealand planned for later this month.
This is what Jack had to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“There’s been a lot of ball work among doing the running as well.” “It’s been good, it’s nice to be back. The lads have been great and very welcoming.”
“It’s good to have a lot of games to play – that’s where you’re going to get your fitness and your match sharpness and start getting a feel for the game again, which you maybe lose a touch from being off for so long,”
“But it’s good that we’ve got the weeks broken up with a lot of games.” “Obviously every game you play, if it’s a friendly or not, you want to win and have a positive result.”
“But we also need to show that we’re gelling as a team and improving as a team.” “I think the manager and the staff will probably first and foremost look at performance and fitness, and if we’re doing what they’re asking of us then the results will come.”
“I think the majority of teams go away and get away from the area, but it’ll be a new experience for me.” “I’ve been to Hong Kong and places like that, so I’ve traveled far but not quite as far as New Zealand.”
“It’ll be an experience to go out there, we’ve got two games that’ll be a good test, and then the Germany tournament will be a good one as well, against really good opposition – Malaga and Schalke 04 – it gives you a chance to test yourself.”
Our first pre-season game is at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night at the newly named SportsDirect.com Park, with Sports Direct having a five year deal with Oldham on the naming rights of what was Boundary Park, and maybe Jack will get his first game in Newcastle’s famous black and white stripes in that game.
Newcastle do have a busy season – and here are all the game before the Premier Season kicks off on Saturday, August 16th, when we have a home game against the Premier League Champions – Manchester City.
|Tues 15 July||Oldham||Boundary Park, Oldham |
|Tues 22 July||Sydney FC||Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand|
|Sat 26 July||Wellingtom Phoenix||Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Wed 30 July||Sheffield Wednesday||Hillsborough, Sheffield|
|Sat Aug 2||Malaga CF||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|Sun Aug 3||Schalke 04||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|Tues Aug 5||Huddersfield||John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield|
|Sun Aug 10||Real Sociedad||St. James' Park, Newcastle|
It will be difficult for Jack to nail down a permanent starting position at Newcastle in the coming season, but first things first, and we’ll have to see how he shapes up in pre-season.
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