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Sunderland youngster McClean excited about experiencing Tyne-Wear derby

Sunderland midfielder James McClean is looking forward to his first Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United this weekend.

The Black Cats are away to the Toon on Sunday and the impressive Republic of Ireland youngster is excited about getting to experience a massive contest in England's North East.

"I am expecting that. I know the rivalry up there now having been there six months, and it's really intense," he said.

"But I am looking forward to it. I can't wait. It's another experience in my career.

"They are really passionate about the derby up in the north-east and we will go there and hopefully bounce back from a disappointing defeat [at West Brom wich Albion last weekend]."

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