JACK Colback has vowed to win over the doubters – and prove he can make a big impact for Newcastle United.
The midfielder switched from rivals Sunderland last month, his move proving a controversial one on both sides of the Tyne-Wear divide.
Killingworth-born Colback yesterday trained with his new team-mates on Tynemouth Longsands.
The 24-year-old is determined to hit the ground running and start repaying the Magpies’ faith in him.
“I think I’ve got a lot to improve on as a player,” said Colback, who has penned a six-year contract with Newcastle.
“I can show the Newcastle fans that I’m good enough to be here.
“Hopefully, I’ll have a good season and good career as a Newcastle player.”
Colback (pictured), signed as a free agent, has been getting to know his United colleagues over the past few days.
And he is looking forward to pulling on a black and white shirt for the first time – he could make his debut in Tuesday night’s friendly away to League One club Oldham Athletic at the now renamed Sportsdirect.com Park.
“I’ll be buzzing to get playing again,” said Colback. “When you have so long out not playing, you crave it a bit, so it’ll be good. I can’t wait to get back into it. There are some world-class players here.”
Colback had two loan spells at Ipswich earlier in his career, and the midfielder is confident he can quickly adjust to life at St James’s Park.
“I’ve only done it once before where I went into a new group of players – that was when I went to Ipswich on loan a long time ago – so meeting a new group is a new experience,” said Colback.
“I’ll be playing under a different manager. I can’t wait to get into it.”
Arsenal are close to completing their swoop for Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy.