Local Lad Already Looking The Part At Newcastle

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.

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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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14 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Meh, we won’t be going anywhere without a striker and a centre back.

  • Slank

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I can see him as a perfect partner to Tiote.

    Tiote is right footed and Colback left footed.

    They will be an all action, tough tackling duo.

    Combine with De Jong (or Grenier) and we should have a very balanced and effective midfield. But also the defence should benefit especially on our left side.

    Is he a future England player ?

  • shanghai fan

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    This article is spot on, every team needs a bit of bite, a bit of flair and a bit of luck. I enjoyed watching cool back in the training video. Intense and determined, watch his body language in the sprint part 🙂

  • Ethiotoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Jan tay. Colo. Sant
    Siso. Tio siem. Cabe

  • Slank

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5


    I doubt very much that Pardew will leave out Colback and instead play Cisse as well as Riviere.

    My guess is that the formation may be:

    Janmaat – Williamson – Colo – Haidara
    Tiote – Colback
    Sissoko – De Jong – Cabella

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Slank…SOTON will be just fine in my book and bring in the players they need. It is not about how much they spend as some keep suggestion.

    Newexpad…he’s coach dumpass because he act like one!

  • martoon

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Ethiotoon agree I think that will be the starting line up against City

  • bob52

    Jul 27, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Slank spot on!!
    Colback is a ball winner and like Goufran can run full tilt for 90 minutes plus, he does not give the ball away and with Tiote should be the engine room for us for the next 2/3 seasons, Pardew suspects this and his pre season plans should prove it.


    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Its a given that we need at least one more Striker ! Big question is if we will get one??

    If i was Pardew, Jacks name would be one of the first names on the Team-sheet every week!

    I can see SDJ being kicked off the Pitch as soon as he,s played against Citeh in the first game of the season? Just like his namesake did to Ben Arfa a few years ago !

    I still think we should hang on to Ben Arfa, by the way? He has his critics but he has those moments of magic everyso often and has scored some good goals for us after blistering runs in the last few years. On his day he,s a match winner but unfortunately Pardew wants rid !


    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #10


    Have you an insight into Pardew,s Pre-season plans then??


    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11


    I can live with “Dumbass”! I have my opinion and i,m not going to change just as i,me sure you would.t change your opinions either?

    At least we are both supporting the Right Team eh? plus want the same thing for the club?

  • musomag

    Jul 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Colback is a very good signing for this club.

  • peterk3

    Jul 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    The best signing so far this window.

  • geordie abroad

    Jul 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s amazing how a few pre season , low qual compition games can change so many opinions about a player. When he signed last month the board was full of slagging this kid off.
    I’ve watched him a few times for the unclean and he never stood out, or set the game on fire with passing or trickery.

    Still he’s black and white now so I hope he Becomes our Annswer to a young Steve G.


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