According to Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette, former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has been left out of Newcastle United’s 25-man squad ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.
Having signed for Newcastle following the expiration of his Sunderland contract in 2014, Colback spoke of his ‘delight’ at signing for ‘the team he supported as a boy’.
Now, just three years later, he’s unwanted and despite Newcastle’s apparent inability to spend money this summer meaning many of last season’s Championship-winning side will heavily feature this season, Colback isn’t needed at St James Park.
Colback was well nurtured at Sunderland, brought through an academy system that gave him his opportunity to play professional football. He emerged under the management of Steve Bruce and went on to make 136 first team appearances before deciding to turn his back on the club and sign for our nearest rivals.
He reportedly turned down two contract renewals from Sunderland - in August 2013 and then May 2014 - before negotiating with Newcastle behind our backs and leaving in a cloud of mystery.
With his tail between his legs, Colback must find himself a new club this summer - one foolish enough to take on some of his £50,000-per-week wages that he has received since switching allegiance.
Speaking about leaving Sunderland for Newcastle, back in 2015, Colback said:
I still feel as though I can achieve everything I want to here.
That was a huge reason why I signed – it wasn’t as though I only came because it was my boyhood club and the team I supported as a kid. I saw it as a club with an awful lot of potential there.
I want to be playing for a successful team, and a team that’s coming into St James’ Park and winning games. We beat Chelsea and Liverpool, and we need to get back to a level where we’re able to compete with those sort of teams, especially at home.
Colback also remarked that he joined Newcastle in order to get away from battling relegation - such a shame, then, that after helping Newcastle back to the Premier League following their descent to the Championship he is no longer needed by the football club that he sold his soul for in order to join.
Around the time of his signing, Colback himself remarked that ‘the majority of Sunderland fans will hate me for the rest of my life." Too bloody right we will.