Colback: I’ll jump in the Gallowgate End if I score against Sunderland!

SWITCH ... Jack Colback.

SWITCH ... Jack Colback.

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JACK Colback’s desperate to open his Newcastle United account against Sunderland.

The midfielder crossed the Tyne-Wear divide in the summer.

Colback will face his former club at St James’s Park this afternoon in the 151st Tyne-Wear derby (1.30pm kick-off).

And the 25-year-old – who scored in Sunderland’s 3-0 win on Tyneside last season – has joked that he would rip his shirt off and jump in the Gallowgate End if he netted against Gus Poyet’s side.

Asked if he would celebrate a goal, Colback said: “I’d probably be in the Gallowgate End with my shirt off!”

Tyneside-born Colback has been looking forward to the game since joining United, the club he supported as a boy.

Colback told the club’s programme: “I can’t wait. It’s the one I’ve been looking forward to since the day I signed,

“As soon as the fixtures came out, I immediately searched for this game – the derby at St James’s Park.

“I can’t wait to get out there and get a win for Newcastle.

“I expect a backlash from the Sunderland fans, but that’s part and parcel of football, and I’m not concerned by it.

“What matters most to me is earning the respect of the Newcastle fans, and if I can do that, I’ll be very happy.

“The reaction when I’ve been playing has been brilliant.

“There were some who were very sceptical when I first signed, and I understand that completely. I knew there would be people who weren’t too keen on the move.

“But all I can do is what I’ve been doing – that’s giving 100 per cent for the team and the shirt.

“Hopefully, by doing that, I can gain the respect of the fans who maybe still aren’t sure about me.

“I know the one way I can do that is by scoring against them. It would be a good first goal to get for the club.”

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