Contract Talks At Back Of Midfielder's Mind

Richard Sellers

Jack Colback has confirmed that talks over a new contract are on-going but he is putting that to the back of his mind to concentrate on the Capital One Cup final.

Jack Colback's contract expires at the end of the season and with the player able to leave on a free transfer, the player has admitted that talks are still on-going over a new deal but for the time being he is completely focused on the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday;

Talks are on-going. It takes time and with the position we've been in, it's been difficult at times because obviously the team is the focal point and comes to the forefront.

It's something I've completely put to the back of my mind with the final coming up. I'm concentrating on that.

With Everton rumoured to be interested in signing the midfielder on a Bosman free transfer, getting the midfielder to sign a new contract will be a priority for the club in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Colback caused a bit of a security scare at the Academy of Light yesterday, after he let slip that the club use the understandable but rather easy to guess code at the player entrance, which forced the club to change the security code;

It would be massive if we won a trophy. The fans remember 1973 - and even the code at the academy is 1973 on the door!

The 24-year-old says although Sunderland have a good record against City, our players need to concentrate on going out and playing their own game but admits he would be over the moon should Gus Poyet's side win the cup;

At every club there's a pressure of winning something, even at the likes of Man City or Arsenal. Their fans get to watch good football every week, but they're still desperate for a trophy. It's not often an opportunity like this comes along so we'll be absolutely buzzing if we win it.

We've won the four at our place 1-0 against them. The year before, we drew 3-3 at their place when we should have won - we were 3-1 up with five minutes to go.

It's all about how you play on the day. We'll be working on them this week and trying to deal with how they can hurt us, and we can hurt them. We need to go out and play our own game.

Colback is also hoping to take his children onto the pitch at Wembley if we win the game, with both kids being born on cup quarter-final dates;

Lily is two on the 27th, and Jack's nine weeks old. She was born on the day of the quarter-final against Everton in the FA Cup under O'Neill. He was born on the date of the Chelsea quarter-final, so that's not great timing!

It'd be nice to carry the kids round the pitch at Wembley if we've won.

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