Newcastle United have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Colback on a free transfer from Sunderland, BBC reports.

He reached agreements on a long term contract with the Magpies after his running out his previous contract and has expressed his delight at the move.

“To come to the team I supported as a boy, my hometown team, will be really special for me,” said Colback.

His former club announced that they met all the player’s demands but decided to put any contract talks on hold until they were deemed safe from relegation, but it seems Colback may have already made his choice to leave the side.

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“To our dismay, however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay,” the club added.

The now Newcastle player, who made 115 appearances for his former team, can play either at full back or in a midfield role and hinted at his reason for making the move.

He added: “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.”

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