One of the bright spots so far in pre-season is the good form of new recruit Jack Colback in the center of midfield for Newcastle, and the former Sunderland man adds some bite, hard work and skill to Newcastle’s midfield.
Jack Colback in action against Sydney FC last week
It could be difficult for Jack to nail down a starting position this season in the Newcastle first team, but Jack had a good record at Sunderland, and in each of the last three seasons he played 40 times or more for Sunderland, and in total played 135 games for Sunderland with 5 goals – a club he joined as a 10 year-old in 2000, and came through their Youth Academy.
While on loan at Ipswich over two seasons from 2009 through 2011 he played 55 times with 5 goals, so Jack has seen a lot of playing time in his short career.
Jack supported Newcastle while growing up in Killingworth, and when he was signed Alan Pardew said the following about him:
“I think he’s an important player,” “One criticism of the team last season was when we went behind – we couldn’t turn that into a winning situation.”
“Jack’s the sort of player who’s important when you go behind.” “He has that inner determination, drive and fight in him – he’s always competitive.”
And only last Thursday in the Sun Colback talked about the ambition he sees at Newcastle:
“It is important in every player’s career to play at as high a level as you can, at Newcastle I have got a chance to be part of a team really looking to go places.”
“Ask the manager and he will tell you he’s looking to really go for it this season and trying to push Newcastle to where we should be – high up the table.”
“Alan Pardew has brought in some quality players to add to the quality that was already in the squad. Siem De Jong on particular looks really high quality in training,his finishing is brilliant and he looks a class act.”
So far Jack has looked a good player for Newcastle, and he will certainly bring something to midfield and he’s the type of player who rarely gives the ball away – is consistent – and of course he will be very motivated to do (very) well for his home town club.
As a free agent, Jack is already looking like a good acquisition for Newcastle.
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