JACK Colback says pulling on a black and white shirt in a Tyne-Wear derby will be “extra special” – despite the boos that will come his way from Sunderland fans.
Midfielder Colback, the first player to move between the two clubs for eight years, will formally become a Newcastle United player on July 1 when his contract at the Stadium of Light expires.
And Colback, a boyhood Newcastle fan, is braced for a hostile reception when he returns to the Stadium of Light late next season.
Newcastle are scheduled to take on Gus Poyet’s Black Cats at St James’s Park on December 20 – and make the return trip to Wearside on April 4.
Killingworth-born Colback – who scored in Sunderland’s 3-0 win on Tyneside last season – is relishing the fiercely-contested fixtures as he joins a select band of players to have represented both clubs in a derby.
The 24-year-old said: “The derby at the Stadium of Light will be fun! It’s one I’ll relish, to be fair.
“To be able to play in a derby as Newcastle player will be something special. It’ll feel different. I played for Sunderland against Newcastle, but that was my job.
“I was never going to say ‘I can’t play in this game’ to the gaffer, or anything like that.
“To put on a Newcastle shirt and play against Sunderland is going to be extra special.”