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Colback backs Newcastle for top-10 finish

Newcastle United new boy Jack Colback has made it clear he feels the club have everything needed to make a charge for a top-10 finish this season.

The midfielder arrived at St James’ Park on a free transfer this summer, arriving at his boyhood club after making his name with bitter rivals Sunderland. One of seven new signings this summer, Colback’s arrival has been one of a number of transfers over the past month that has convinced Newcastle fans that they might be finally about to try and challenge the big boys once again.

As well as the signing of Colback, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been able to add Siem de Jong, Ayoze Perez, Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra to his squad as the club look to match or improve on their 10th finish last year. After years of underachievement, Newcastle could now finally be a realistic option to include in your football accumulators this season.

With confidence high in the camp, Colback has insisted he sees no reason as to why the Magpies can’t be in contention for a top half finish this season.

“It’s looking good. This is a club looking to go places,” said the 24-year old.

“We’ve got to be looking at a minimum top-10 finish and then push on to get around the Tottenhams and Evertons and be able to compete against the top four or five teams.

The signings the manager has brought in, coupled with the players already here, will give us the chance to do that.”

While all the new signings will be under pressure to impress the Newcastle fans this season, Colback could be under more than his fellow new arrivals due to his association with Sunderland. A promising pre-season has gone some way to endearing himself to his new fans and Colback will be hoping that nothing more than some light football banter occurs during his first season with the club.

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