JACK Colback has vowed to win over the doubters – and prove he IS good enough for Newcastle United.
The midfielder made a switch from rivals Sunderland last month.
Colback’s move proved a controversial one on both sides of the Tyne-Wear divide.
Killingworth-born Colback, a boyhood Newcastle fan, yesterday trained with his new team-mates on Tynemouth Longsands.
The 24-year-old, conscious of the competition he will face at St James’s Park, is determined to hit the ground running and start repaying the club’s faith in him.
“I think I’ve got a lot to improve on as a player,” Colback said.
“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, 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 as a United player, having grown up wearing the famous jersey.
Colback could make his debut in the July 15 friendly against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
“I’ll be buzzing to get playing again,” said Colback, pictured,
“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 Town earlier in his career.
And he 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.”