Nottingham Forest loanee Jack Colback has highlighted his desire to make his move from Newcastle United permanent.
The 29-year-old midfielder has been a consistent performer for the Reds throughout the season, and could be handed the player of the season award at the end of the campaign.
However, Colback still has a year left on his Newcastle contract, and will be returning to the North East in the summer whether he likes it or not.
Martin O’Neill has already spoken about how he wants the midfielder to remain at the City Ground beyond the end of the season. But it’s not going to be an easy deal to complete.
Speaking about a potential long-term future on Trentside, Colback told the Nottingham Post: “If you ask me if I would like to come back and sign permanently, the answer is yes.
“It’s not as easy as that in football. Forest themselves have to commit to a permanent deal. Then you have to work out that deal.
“If the opportunity arose, it is one I would view positively, with good thought.
“I know the club, because I have been there a little while. I know the players, I have enjoyed my time here and my family are happy, so let’s see what happens.”
It’s easy to forget that Colback is only on loan at times, due to the commitment he shows on the pitch. There hasn’t been one game this season where he hasn’t left everything out there.
For this reason, it’s easy to see why O’Neill has recently handed him the captain’s armband.
The midfielder has a wealth of experience and is such an important player for the Reds. He tidies things up in front of the back four, and has shown in a few games that he has the ability to be a threat going forward also.
He’s arguably the best defensive midfielder the Reds have had since Paul McKenna. There’s no doubt that the Reds would have a massive whole in their squad to fill if they’re unable to bring him back permanently in the summer.
Whatever happens in the summer, Colback is confident that he doesn’t have a future at his parent club.
Colback had been frozen out by Rafael Benítez before he originally joined the Reds on loan last season. With the Spaniard still firmly in the hot seat at St James’ Park, the situation is unlikely to have changed.
“I am not sat here thinking that things might changes if he goes,” Colback said.
“The way I am looking at it is to think that I haven’t played for the club for two years and it is unlikely that I will do again.
“We will see what happens in the summer.”