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Jack Colback

Jack Colback
Jack Colback 2012.jpg
Colback playing for Sunderland in 2012
Personal information
Full name Jack Raymond Colback[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 23
Youth career
1999-2008 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008-2014 Sunderland 115 (4)
2009-2010 -> Ipswich Town (loan) 37 (4)
2010-2011 -> Ipswich Town (loan) 13 (0)
2014- Newcastle United 93 (5)
2018 -> Nottingham Forest (loan) 16 (1)
2018-2019 -> Nottingham Forest (loan) 38 (3)
National team
2009 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2019

Jack Raymond Colback (born 24 October 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Newcastle United.

Colback began his career at Sunderland in 2008, having graduated from their academy, and broke into the team following loans at Ipswich Town of the Championship. After 115 Premier League appearances with Sunderland, his contract expired and he controversially moved to their local rivals, Newcastle United. After he was dropped from the 25-strong Premiership squad for the 2017-2018 season,[3] he went on loan to Nottingham Forest for one and a half seasons.

He played once for England at Under-20 level in 2009, and was called up for the senior squad for the first time in August 2014.

Club career


Early career and loans

Colback in the match against Manchester United on the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League season.

Colback was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear[1] and joined the Sunderland academy at the age of 10.[4] On 30 May 2008, Colback signed his first professional contract with the club.[5]

After manager Steve Bruce announced his intention to loan out Colback,[6] He signed for Ipswich Town on loan on 6 August 2009 on a deal that would expire in January 2010.[7] He made his debut for Ipswich in a 3-3 draw with Shrewsbury Town after extra time in the League Cup, which was won 4-2 in a penalty shootout.[8] His Football League debut came in a 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion after being introduced as a 46th minute substitute.[9] He scored his first goal for Ipswich against Blackpool and scored against them again later on in the season in the FA Cup. His form meant the loan was extended until the end of the 2009-10 season in January 2010.[10] He was voted Ipswich's Players' Player of the Season 2009-10.[11]

He returned to Sunderland from a loan spell at Ipswich Town at the end of the 2009-10 Championship season and made his Premier League debut as a 76th-minute substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was later sent off for two bookable offences,[12] his debut lasting just nine minutes. He made his home debut against Colchester United in the League Cup on 24 August 2010 as a substitute. Colback went out on loan for a second spell at Ipswich, confirmed on 15 October and which lasted until 6 January when he returned to Sunderland.[13][14]


Following his second loan spell at Ipswich, Colback returned to Sunderland in January 2011, and his appearances became more frequent. Colback started for Sunderland in their FA Cup 3rd Round defeat to Notts County on 8 January. He then came off the bench as Sunderland drew 1-1 against local rivals and the team Colback supported as a child, Newcastle United, on 16 January. He also appeared as a second-half substitute as Sunderland drew 0-0 with Arsenal on 5 March. Colback made his first Premier League start for Sunderland in their 2-0 defeat at Birmingham City on 16 April.[15] Colback also started the following week as Sunderland beat Wigan Athletic 4-1. Colback had arguably his best performance in a Sunderland shirt in their 2-1 win at Bolton on 7 May 2011.[16] Colback demonstrated his versatility by being deployed at left back in the final game of the season at West Ham.[17]

Colback started the first game of the 2011-12 season, as Sunderland drew with Liverpool at Anfield. Sunderland drew 1-1 with Colback playing alongside Lee Cattermole in central midfield.[18] On 26 December 2011, Colback scored his first goal for the club, a deflected effort, in 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League.[19] Colback was deployed at left back on New Year's Day 2012 against Manchester City, and helped Sunderland to a surprise victory against the Premier League leaders. He again played at left back in Sunderland's 4-2 win at Wigan two days later, where he sustained a knee injury which ruled him out for a few weeks. On 5 January 2012, he signed a 2-year contract extension which expired in June 2014.[20] Colback returned from injury as a substitute in Sunderland's 1-1 FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough, and returned to the starting line up in central midfield as the Black Cats beat Norwich 3-0 on 1 February. He scored his second goal for Sunderland with a left footed strike in the replay against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, as Sunderland won 2-1 after extra time to reach the fifth round.

The 2012-13 season saw Colback play regularly at left back due to injuries to Danny Rose, and right back in the Tyne-Wear derby as Sunderland defeated Newcastle 3-0.[21] Following this, Colback is willing to play out in position, so it will help the club's solve their issue.[22]

Sunderland players celebrate Colback's last-minute equaliser against Cardiff on 28 December 2013.

Following Rose's return to Tottenham, Colback began the 2013-14 season as Sunderland's first choice at left back, before being moved back into central midfield by Gus Poyet.[23] On 28 December Colback scored a last minute goal in the fifth minute of injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City.[24] Colback made his 100th Premier League appearance on 1 January 2014 in a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. He scored his second goal of the season on 1 February 2014, scoring the third goal in a 3-0 away win against Newcastle United.[25] He scored his third goal of the season on 7 May 2014, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 home win to West Brom, to retain Sunderland's top division safety and relegating Norwich City to the Football League Championship.[26]

With his contract about to expire at the end of the 2013-14 season, then-manager Paolo Di Canio urged to Colback to make a decision on his future at Sunderland.[27] In November, Colback confirmed that talks of a new deal had started after initially rejecting a new contract in the summer under the management of Di Canio.[28] Further talks over a new contract continued in February.[29] In April, it was reported that Colback had turned down a new contract with the club and was set to depart upon the expiry of the contract.[30] Several Premier League clubs made contract offers to sign Colback, but Sunderland refused to give up on Colback and hoped he would stay at the club.[31][32]

Newcastle United

Colback marking Willian in a 2-0 loss against Chelsea on 10 January 2015.

On 9 June 2014, Colback signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer. He is the first player since Lionel Pérez in 1998 to transfer directly from Sunderland to Newcastle.[33] As a supporter of Newcastle he admitted that due to the rivalry between the two clubs, Sunderland fans would "hate [him] for the rest of [his] life".[34] Sunderland criticised Colback's move to Newcastle United, and described the transfer as leaving a "bitter taste".[35]

Colback made his competitive debut on 17 August as Newcastle began the season with a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, playing the full 90 minutes.[36] Colback scored his first goal for the club on 28 December in a 3-2 win over Everton, intercepting a Ross Barkley clearance to score Newcastle's third of the match.[37] Four days later he scored in the second consecutive game, a 25-yard strike in a 3-3 draw against Burnley.[38]

After becoming surplus to the needs of Rafa Benítez, Colback was targeted by Hull City for a loan deal in August 2017.[39]Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as his former club Sunderland also expressed their desire to sign him on a loan deal.[40][41] He turned down the offers due to geographical reasons and instead started training with the junior team. He was excluded from the club's official team photo for the 2017-18 season.[42] Benítez justified his exclusion by saying that the club "had decided the squad before".[43]

In January 2018, Colback joined Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season.[44] After having joined Forest, he accused Benítez of disrespecting him during his stint at the club and said that he was "treated more like a number than a human being".[45]

On 20 July 2018, Colback returned to Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan with the option to make it permanent at the end of the season.[46]

International career

Colback has received one cap for the England under-20 team, he played in a 2-0 friendly win against Italy at Loftus Road in March 2009. He replaced Marc Albrighton in the 79th minute as a substitute.[47]

On 28 August 2014, Colback received his first call-up to the senior team for the matches against Norway and Switzerland,[48] but had to withdraw from the squad with a calf injury.[49][50]

Style of play

A former left-back, Colback is a left-footed central midfielder known for his versatility and efficient playing style; due to his technical skills, passing range and physique, he is neat in possession and rarely gives the ball away, which along with his athletic ability and defensive work-rate, allows him to link-up the defence and the attack effectively. Former England manager Roy Hodgson has likened his abilities to those of Andrea Pirlo.[51][52]

Career statistics

Colback playing for Ipswich Town in 2010.
As of 17 March 2018[53]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 2008-09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2009-10 Championship 37 4 2 1 2 0 41 5
Sunderland 2009-10 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2010-11 Championship 13 0 0 0 1 0 14 0
Ipswich Town total 50 4 2 1 3 0 55 5
Sunderland 2010-11 Premier League 11 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
2011-12 35 1 4 1 1 0 40 2
2012-13 35 0 2 0 3 0 40 0
2013-14 32 3 4 0 5 0 41 3
Sunderland Total 114 4 11 1 10 0 135 5
Newcastle United 2014-15 Premier League 35 4 0 0 3 0 38 4
2015-16 29 1 0 0 1 0 30 1
2016-17 Championship 29 0 2 0 3 0 34 0
Newcastle United Total 93 5 2 0 7 0 102 5
Nottingham Forest 2017-18 Championship 16 1 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 267 13 15 2 20 0 302 15





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