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The 24-year-old was frequently deployed in defence under former boss Paolo Di Canio, but, after being returned to his usual role against Newcastle, is keen to stay there

Jack Colback is determined to cement a place in the Sunderland midfield after new boss Gus Poyet moved him back into the middle of the park.

The combative 24-year-old found himself employed as a makeshift left-back during Paolo Di Canio's short tenure at the Stadium of Light, though says it is far from his preferred position.

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But the Sunderland academy product started Sunday's derby victory against Newcastle in a more familiar central midfield role and hopes new boss Poyet continues to place his faith in him.

"Midfield is my position. A lot of people have asked me where is my position, and it's obvious I'm not a left-back. I filled in there, but I've never been a left-back." Colback told the Sunderland Echo.

"I'm a midfielder and that's where I want to be, so hopefully I can get a run in the team there.

"The manager didn't even have to ask. He said he knew I wasn't a left-back, although I don't know whether that was a compliment or not!

"But he said I'm going to be playing midfield now and it's up to me to show I'm good enough in training and in games."

Sunderland's 2-1 victory over their arch-rivals was their first win in the top flight this season and moved them off the bottom of the Premier League table.

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