Colback playing for Sunderland in 2012
|Full name||Jack Raymond Colback|
|Date of birth||24 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Killingworth, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2009–2010||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||37||(4)|
|2010–2011||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:06, 14 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Colback began his career at Sunderland in 2008, having graduated from their academy, and broke into the team following loans at Ipswich Town of the Championship. After 115 Premier League appearances with Sunderland, his contract expired and he controversially moved to their biggest rival, Newcastle United.
Early career and loans
After manager Steve Bruce announced his intention to loan out Colback, He signed for Ipswich Town on loan on 6 August 2009 on a deal that would expire in January 2010. He made his debut for Ipswich in a 3–3 draw with Shrewsbury Town after extra time in the League Cup, which was won 4–2 in a penalty shootout. His Football League debut came in a 2–0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion after being introduced as a 46th minute substitute. He scored his first goal for Ipswich against Blackpool and scored against them again later on in the season in the FA Cup. His form meant the loan was extended until the end of the 2009–10 season in January 2010. He was voted Ipswich's Players' Player of the Season 2009–10.
He returned to Sunderland from a loan spell at Ipswich Town at the end of the 2009–10 Championship season and made his Premier League debut as a 76th minute substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was later sent off for two bookable offences, his debut lasting just nine minutes. He made his home debut against Colchester United in the League Cup on 24 August 2010 as a substitute. Colback went out on loan for a second spell at Ipswich, confirmed on 15 October and which lasted until 6 January when he returned to Sunderland.
Following his second loan spell at Ipswich, Colback returned to Sunderland in January 2011, and his appearances became more frequent. Colback started for Sunderland in their FA Cup 3rd Round defeat to Notts County on 8 January. He then came off the bench as Sunderland drew 1–1 against local rivals and the team Colback supported as a child, Newcastle United, on 16 January. He also appeared as a second half substitute as Sunderland drew 0–0 with Arsenal on 5 March. Colback made his first Premier League start for Sunderland in their 2–0 defeat at Birmingham City on 16 April. Colback also started the following week as Sunderland beat Wigan Athletic 4–1. Colback had arguably his best performance in a Sunderland shirt in their 2–1 win at Bolton on 7 May 2011. Colback demonstrated his versatility by being deployed at left back in the final game of the season at West Ham.
Colback started the first game of the 2011–12 season, as Sunderland drew with Liverpool at Anfield Sunderland drew 1–1 with Colback playing alongside Lee Cattermole in central midfield. On 26 December 2011 Colback scored his first goal for the club, a deflected effort, in 1–1 draw with Everton in the Premier League. Colback was deployed at left back on New Year's Day 2012 against Manchester City, and helped Sunderland to a surprise victory against the Premier League leaders. He again played at left back in Sunderland's 4–2 win at Wigan two days later, where he sustained a knee injury which ruled him out for a few weeks. On 5 January 2012 he signed a 2-year contract extension which will take him up to June 2014. Colback returned from injury as a substitute in Sunderland's 1–1 FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough, and returned to the starting line up in central midfield as the Black Cats beat Norwich 3–0 on 1 February. He scored his second goal for Sunderland with a left footed strike in the replay against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, as Sunderland won 2–1 after extra time to reach the Fifth Round.
The 2012–13 season saw Colback play regularly at left back due to injuries to Danny Rose, and right back in the Tyne-Wear derby as Sunderland defeated Newcastle 3–0. Following this, Colback is willing to play out in position, so it will help the club's solve their issue.
Following Rose's return to Tottenham, Colback began the 2013–14 season as Sunderland's first choice at left back, before being moved back into central midfield by Gus Poyet. On 28 December Colback scored a last minute goal in the fifth minute of injury time to salvage a 2–2 draw at Cardiff City. Colback made his 100th Premier League appearance on 1 January 2014 in a 1–0 home defeat to Aston Villa. He scored his second goal of the season on 1 February 2014, scoring the third goal in a 3–0 away win against Newcastle United. He scored his third goal of the season on 7 May 2014, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 home win to West Brom, to retain Sunderland's top division safety and relegating Norwich City to the Football League Championship.
With his contract about to expire at the end of the 2013-14 season, then Manager Paolo Di Canio urged to Colback to make a decision on his future at Sunderland. In November, Colback confirmed that talks of a new deal had started after initially rejecting a new contract in the summer under the management of Di Canio. Further talks over a new contract continued in February. In April, it was reported that Colback had turned down a new contract with the club and was set to depart upon the expiry of the contract. Several Premier League clubs made contract offers to sign Colback, but Sunderland refused to give up on Colback and hoped he would stay at the club.
On 9 June 2014, Colback signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer. He is the first player since Lionel Pérez in 1998 to transfer directly from Sunderland to Newcastle. As a supporter of Newcastle he admitted that due to the rivalry between the two clubs, Sunderland fans would "hate [him] for the rest of [his] life". Sunderland criticised Colback's move to Newcastle United, and described the transfer as leaving a "bitter taste". The Daily Mail described Colback as the "most underrated player in the Premier League" and compared his move to the rival as Sol Campbell joining Arsenal from Tottenham Hotspur.
Colback has received one cap for the England under-20 team, he played in a 2–0 friendly win against Italy at Loftus Road in March 2009. He replaced Marc Albrighton in the 79th minute as a substitute.
On 28 August 2014, Colback received his first call-up to the senior team for the matches against Norway and Switzerland, with manager Roy Hodgson describing him as the "ginger Pirlo", but had to withdraw from the squad with a calf injury.
- As of 14 September 2014
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Ipswich Town (loan)||2009–10||Championship||37||4||2||1||2||0||—||41||5|
|Ipswich Town (loan)||2010–11||Championship||13||0||0||0||1||0||—||14||0|
|Ipswich Town total||50||4||2||1||3||0||0||0||55||5|
|Newcastle United||2014–15||Premier League||4||0||0||0||0||0||—||4||0|
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