Jack Colback has revealed to The Mirror his initial thoughts when he moved to Newcastle United in the summer of 2014.
The 25-year-old midfielder joined the Magpies on a free transfer after his contract with Sunderland ran out at the end of the 2013-14 season.
The Englishman became the first player since Lionel Perez in 1998 to leave Sunderland for the Magpies, although Titus Bramble, Paul Bracewell, Lee Clark and Barry Venison have all played for both clubs.
During his time at Sunderland, Colback had to fight for survival in the Premier League every season, and he has admitted that he thought that it would be different at Newcastle.
“When I signed here I thought I would be moving away from the relegation battles but that’s football for you and it’s a tough league,” the midfielder told The Mirror.
However, Colback does not regret crossing the Wear/Tyne divide and seems happy at St. James’ Park.
“This is a great club with a great fan-base,” said the Englishman. “Especially when you’re winning games and you’re on top, it’s an unbelievable crowd.
“That’s all our fans ask for. They are not asking for much more than passion and a team that’s wanting and willing to win.”
Newcastle struggled during the 2014-15 campaign and narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship.
In the end, the Magpies ended up 15th in the Premier League table with 39 points from 38 matches, just four points above the bottom three.
Colback was one of the best players for Newcastle, and impressed the fans with his passion and commitment.
In 35 Premier League appearances, the Englishman scored four goals, created 44 chances, had a pass accuracy of 88% and a shot accuracy of 45%, and won 17 headers, 12 dribbles and 76 tackles.