Jack Colback says he does not regret swapping Sunderland for Newcastle

Derby County's James Wilson in action with Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles and Jack Colback

The midfielder joined Newcastle on a free transfer in 2014 when his contract at rivals Sunderland expired.

Derby County's James Wilson in action with Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles and Jack Colback

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback says he has no regrets about joining the Magpies from Sunderland, speaking to The Chronicle.

The 26-year-old joined his boyhood club in 2014 on a free transfer when his contract expired at local rivals Sunderland, and Colback insists he does not regret making the controversial move, despite things not going as well as he had anticipated.

Newcastle United's Jack Colback applauds fans after the matchNewcastle United's Jack Colback applauds fans after the match

"It’s not been ideal, it’s not gone to plan, so to speak," Colback told The Chronicle.

"You can’t regret things in life. It was probably the hardest option to take in terms of spotlight and craic but I don’t pay much attention to that, or the crap that is said on social media."

Whenever Newcastle and Sunderland have faced off since the move, Colback has been the centre of the Wearside fans' abuse, constantly booing their former player for joining the enemy.

However, the Black Cats had the last laugh, with their academy graduate being relegated to the Championship with Newcastle, while Sunderland lived to fight another day in the Premier League.

Newcastle's Jack Colback looks dejected after a missed chance

Since the relegation, Sunderland have struggled in the top flight, with David Moyes' side currently bottom of the league, whilst Newcastle sit third in the Championship enjoying a renaissance under Rafael Benitez.

Colback will always be the pantomime villain when Newcastle and Sunderland face off, but the midfielder's willingness not to dwell on the past will mean he will not be fazed by any chants directed at him from the red-and-white supporters.

However, with the two clubs in different leagues for this season at least, Colback can enjoy a season free from abuse from his former fans.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Jack Colback after the game

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