SUNDERLAND Academy product Jack Colback has rounded off a great fortnight in his fledgling career by agreeing a two-year extension to his contract at the Stadium of Light.
The 22-year-old Tynesider, who has been with the Black Cats since he was 11-year-old, has become a first-team squad regular this season, being involved in 19 out of 20 Premier League games so far.
And, having broken a personal target against Everton on Boxing Day by scoring the first senior goal of his career in red and white stripes, he has followed that up with an extended deal announced this week which will take his stay on Wearside up until June 2014.
Colback made his breakthrough at the Stadium of Light last season after spending half of the campaign on loan at Ipswich Town before being recalled by Steve Bruce in January and going on to make a real impact in the dozen games he was involved in by the end of the season.
Former manager Steve Bruce made a point of involving him from the start of this season and Martin O’Neill has continued the youngster’s first-team involvement, lavishing praise on the midfielder’s performances over the last few games in the left-back position.
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