Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jack: United Potential Is 'Incredible' Murray Battles Back but Rain Stops Play Colback: No Regret over Move to United

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jack: United Potential Is 'Incredible' Murray Battles Back but Rain Stops Play Colback: No Regret over Move to United

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

JACK Colback says he has no regrets about joining Newcastle United - even though he thought he had "moved away from relegation battles" when he left Sunderland a year ago.

Colback's whirlwind first campaign at St James' Park ended in a desperate fight for survival after Newcastle's season tailed off dramatically. But he remains convinced the club has potential to be "incredible".

And he says that the foundations remain in place for the club to make progress next season, even if he recognises that the second half of the campaign was a "massive low".

Colback joined Newcastle on a free transfer almost exactly 12 months ago in a move that caused acrimony between United and Wearside rivals Sunderland, but he says the decision was based on the potential at St James' Park.

His belief in that remains undimmed, he claims, and he feels that the club will learn the lessons of the last year. "I still feel as though I can achieve everything I want to here," he said.

"That was a huge reason why I signed - it wasn't as though I only came because it was my boyhood club and the team I supported as a kid. I saw it as a club with an awful lot of potential there. I want to be playing for a successful team, and a team that's coming into St James' Park and winning games. We beat Chelsea and Liverpool, and we need to get back to a level where we're able to compete with those sort of teams, especially at home.

"You have to be realistic, and we're not going Turn to Page 84 FROM BACK PAGE to be challenging for the league or anything like that any time soon, but you want to be able to compete in every game. That should be the bare minimum for a club like this."

Colback thinks that United's finishing position last season was well below-par. The midfielder said: "It definitely still feels like a club where, if everything went right, it could be incredible. …

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