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Newcastle confirm arrival of Colback from Sunderland
Updated 9:36pm Monday 9th June 2014 in Sport
NEWCASTLE United have confirmed the arrival of former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback.
The 24-year-old has signed a long term deal with the club after also being linked with West Ham and Aston Villa.
Speaking about the deal on Newcastle's official website, Colback said: "I'm absolutely delighted.
"To come to the team I supported as a boy, my hometown team, will be really special for me.
"It was an opportunity I couldn't let slip. If you asked fans around the world the one thing they'd like to do before they die, it would be to play for the team they support and I've got the chance to do that.
"I've only got good things to say about Sunderland. They gave me my chance and I want to thank the fans and the club for all their support.
"I hope they can understand the chance I've had here to move to my boyhood club. Now I can't wait to pull on the black and white shirt at St. James' Park for the first time."
Magpies boss Alan Pardew said: "I'm extremely pleased to have brought Jack to Newcastle United.
"He's a great passer, versatile and rarely gives the ball away. He's also a local lad and knows exactly what playing for this Club means.
"And at 24-years-old, his best years are ahead of him so I think he'll be a big asset to us."