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.
Colback will formally become a Newcastle United player on July 1 when his contract at the Stadium of Light expires.
The midfielder is the first player to move between the two clubs in eight years.
And Colback, a boyhood United fan, is braced for a hostile reception from some Sunderland fans when he returns to the Stadium of Light late next season.
The Premier League yesterday published the 2014-15 fixture list.
Newcastle take on Gus Poyet’s side at St James’s Park on December 20 – and make the return trip to Wearside on April 4, though one or both of the derby games could yet be moved for live broadcast.
Killingworth-born Colback –who scored in Sunderland’s 3-0 win on Tyneside last season – is relishing the fiercely-contested fixtures.
The 24-year-old will join a select band of players to have represented both clubs in a derby.
Colback 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.”
Colback grew up supporting United, but crossed the Tyne-Wear divide to join Sunderland’s Academy, where he prospered and turned professional.
He is now looking forward to donning the black and white stripes in a fixture between Newcastle and Sunderland.
“I played for Sunderland against Newcastle, but that was my job,” said Colback, who is understood to have signed a six-year contract at St James’s Park.
“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.”