Black Cats youngster will play anywhere for the cause

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Sunderland starlet Jack Colback is happy to take on a wide role in an effort to earn more first team football next season.

The 21-year-old has found himself on the left flank as part of Steve Bruce's midfield four on a number of occasions so far this season, and started in the position once again when the Black Cats took on Burnley last weekend.

Colback enjoyed the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor, and whilst the youngster would prefer to play in a central role, he's happy to fill in where needed if it means first team football for the senior side.

"I'm more than happy to play anywhere. I prefer centre midfield but I played on the left a lot at Ipswich and the manager has given me a licence to come inside," he told the official Sunderland website.

"I will give my best in any position. It's not like playing the left is a new role for me."


The former Tractor Boys loanee admitted that his teammates were disappointed to be on the end of a defeat to Eddie Howe's Clarets, with a controversial Jay Rodriguez penalty the difference between the two teams.

Whilst Colback felt a key decision went against his side, the performance was much more important to the Wearsiders as a whole, and the second-half improvements will give Bruce cause for optimism with the season only 12 days away.

"It was another good run-out for the lads, although we were disappointed with the performance," Colback continued.

"We were too slow in the first half - Burnley were much quicker and deserved their goal. I thought we were better in the second half, though.

"It was clearly a foul on Wes in the build-up [to the penalty] but we probably had a goal coming against us anyway so we can't blame the referee."

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