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Boro's Marvin Emnes completes move to Swansea City

Middlesbrough's Marvin Emnes has completed a move to Swansea City. The 26-year old Dutchman joins the Welsh club for an undisclosed fee after signing a three-year contract. His departure will come as no surprise to Boro fans, as Emnes has had two previous loan spells at Swansea.

Marvin Emnes confirmed the move after passing a medical at Swansea Credit: Swansea City

Hartlepool United sign former Middlesbrough man

Colin Cooper has made his second signing of the summer for Hartlepool United - the former Middlesbrough man Stuart Parnaby.

Colin Cooper welcomes Stuart Parnaby to Hartlepool United Credit: HUFC

The club said Cooper was quick to make his move once he realised Parnaby was a free agent, because he can play anywhere across the back four or in midfield.

Parnaby grew up in County Durham and rose through the youth ranks at Middlesbrough. He was part of the Birmingham City side that beat Arsenal to life the League Cup in 2011.


England's Jordan Henderson remembered by school

As England and Liverpool player Jordan Henderson prepares to take his place at the World Cup in Brazil, his old teachers at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland are watching.

They remember him for his "fantastic attitude" and use him as an example to other teenagers about what could happen if they work hard.

Simon O'Rourke reports.

Do you recognise England's Jordan Henderson aged 14?

He is now an international star, a key figure in Liverpool's midfield and in Brazil expecting to start for England against Italy in the World Cup. But aged 14, Jordan Henderson was an enthusiastic member of the Year 9 team at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland. Can you spot him?

England player Jordan Henderson is in the middle Credit: Farringdon Community Academy

Incidentally, that line-up also includes another now international sports star. The boy in the school blazer on the far left is Durham and England cricketer Scott Borthwick.

Jordan Henderson is remembered as an enthusiastic team player Credit: Farringdon Community Academy

England's Jordan Henderson remembered by teacher

Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson is expected to be in the starting line-up for England against Italy in the World Cup. He left the Black Cats to join Liverpool in 2011, but has not been forgotten on Wearside.

David Robinson was Henderson's football coach at Farringdon Community Academy and said he always had a "fantastic" attitude.

Jack Colback "should have chosen Newcastle aged 11"

A coach who has known Jack Colback since he was a child said he should have joined Newcastle United when he was given the chance aged 11.

Jack Colback played for Cramlington Juniors before joining Sunderland Credit: Cramlington Juniors FC

As a young player with Cramlington Juniors FC, Colback was part of a development programme at Newcastle, but chose Sunderland instead. Now he is moving back to Newcastle, aged 24, causing something of a row with his former club.

Michael Cairns, his coach as a child, said: "He should have signed for Newcastle when he was 11 really but as it happens it's turned out all for the best now so good luck to him."


Sunderland: "Colback transfer leaves a bitter taste"

A spokesman for Sunderland AFC said the club was "dismayed" Jack Colback has agreed a deal with local rivals Newcastle United, saying the move "leaves a bitter taste in the mouth".

Jack Colback is Newcastle fan, but was a Sunderland player since he was 8 years old Credit: PA

"Jack is a player we have nurtured and developed through our academy system since he was eight years old. We gave him the opportunity to become a professional footballer and are therefore extremely disappointed in the events that have led to his departure from the club"

“This wasn’t about money - the club agreed to all of the terms demanded of us during discussions and we were always led to believe that Jack wanted to stay with us. At his and his representatives’ request, final talks were put on hold until the club secured its top flight status.

"To our dismay however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay.

“For him to then leave the club that has supported him throughout his formative years in such a manner, with no chance for Sunderland to recover any of the significant investment that it has made in him as a player, has left a bitter taste."

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."

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