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.
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."
More top news
A ten year old heart transplant survivor has used her Christmas list to wish for more people to join the donor register.
Wintry showers and frosty tonight, dry and cold on Sunday. Beware icy stretches developing overnight as well as fog patches
Italian vodka, suspicious sediment and antifreeze sold as spirits are among the potential danger signs for shoppers stocking up on alcohol.