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Alan Pardew "extremely pleased" to sign Jack Colback

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew said he was "extremely pleased" to sign Jack Colback from local rivals Sunderland.

"I'm extremely pleased to have brought Jack to Newcastle United."He's a great passer, versatile and rarely gives the ball away. He's also a local lad and knows exactly what playing for this Club means."And at 24 years old, his best years are ahead of him so I think he'll be a big asset to us."

– Alan Pardew

Colback: "I hope Sunderland fans understand my move"

Jack Colback said he hoped Sunderland fans would understand why playing for Newcastle United was "an opportunity he couldn't let slip". The two clubs confirmed his transfer from Wearside to his hometown club on Tyneside last night.

Jack Colback is moving from Sunderland to Newcastle on a free transfer Credit: NUFC

In a statement, he said: "I'm absolutely delighted. To come to the team I supported as a boy, my hometown team, will be really special for me.

"It was an opportunity I couldn't let slip. If you asked fans around the world the one thing they'd like to do before they die, it would be to play for the team they support and I've got the chance to do that.

"I've only got good things to say about Sunderland, they gave me my chance and I want to thank the fans and the club for all their support. I hope they can understand the chance I've had here to move to my boyhood club.

"Now I can't wait to pull on the black and white shirt at St. James' Park for the first time."



Sunderland to travel to Carlisle for pre-season friendly

Sunderland AFC will travel to Carlisle United for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 22nd July, kick off 7:30pm.

The two managers last met at the Stadium of Light for the third round of the FA Cup

The fixture is almost a repeat of January's FA Cup third round tie at the Stadium of Light.

"We have a great relationship with Gus Poyet and Sunderland and we are pleased that we will see them at Brunton Park during pre-season," manager Graham Kavanagh said.

"They'll give us a real test and it's one we can all look forward to."

Robbie Williams' Soccer Aid raises £12m so far

Robbie Williams has been speaking to ITV News about the Soccer Aid event he started in 2006 with his friend Jonathan Wilkes. So far, the event has raised more than £12m for UNICEF UK.

He told Caroline Whitmore it was only ever meant to be a one-off.

For more information on Soccer Aid from UNICEF UK click here.

*Soccer Aid 2014 will be held on June 8th and shown on ITV from 6pm - 10pm. See ITV's website here. *

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