Local lad ready for Wear-Tyne action.
North-east lad Jack Colback is fully aware of just how much this weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby means to the region’s football fans.
Sunderland and Newcastle go head-to-head at a sold-out Stadium of Light with three points and local bragging rights at stake.
These games are intense affairs and there’s a lot of pressure, but they’re the games you want to be involved in
- Jack Colback
The last meeting between the two sides ended all square on Tyneside and Colback says supporters on both sides will be looking forward to renewing the rivalry.
“Being from up here I know how much it means to the fans,” he said ahead of Sunday's game.
“When the fixtures come out the first ones they look for are the derbies.
“The games are always big and intense, but we’ve got players right through our squad who have been involved in derbies.
“For example, the likes of John O’Shea and Wes Brown have been involved in the Manchester derby.
“Everyone knows how big these games are.”
Colback added: “It’s an intense atmosphere – you can really feel it.
“These games are intense affairs and there’s a lot of pressure, but they’re the games you want to be involved in as a professional footballer.”