China Was Tough

Last updated : 05 August 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Jack Colback didn't play in Newcastle's friendly game against Hibernian, but showed his versatility in pre-season when fielded on the left-hand side of defence.

Colback said: "I played left wing-back and it's a role I have done it before.

"I can do an all right job there but it's not something I am necessarily looking for.

"Sometimes I have to do a job for the team.

"We have a few players who are versatile.

"In pre-season it is all just about getting minutes into the player's legs or seeing the young lads come on and do well.

"That is what pre-season is all about."

Colback and United have been back from China for over a fortnight now but the midfielder admitted he enjoyed his time there.

He said: "The conditions were tough in China.

"We played well against West Ham over there and created some good chances.

"It was a nice bounce back from the Wolves game."

Speaking about trimming the squad down, Bruce said: "I've got to disappoint some players which is the awful side of the job.

"All of them to a tee have really had a go but I can only pick 22."