Jack Colback has returned to Newcastle United following the conclusion of his season-long loan at Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post before the end of the season, Jack Colback opened up about his time at the City Ground, as he now returns to the North East.

The 29-year-old defensive midfielder has praised the club’s supporters and has urged them to stay positive about the future.

He said: “The fans should try to stay positive, I think.

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“Obviously they’ll be disappointed with the way it’s gone, being so close and then missing out (on the top six), but I think they should stay positive.

“It’s a shame that we’ve not been able to repay the faith that they’ve shown in us, but I think the club is moving in the right direction.

“They’ve been in the Championship a long time now and not really been anywhere near it, and a few seasons ago nearly got relegated.”

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The Reds are said to be interested in bringing the midfielder back to the City Ground this summer.

There’s no doubt that the tenacious midfielder became a very popular figure on Trentside during his two loan spells. It would be a huge boost ahead of next season if they could get him back on a permanent deal.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle‘s most recent report a few weeks ago, the Reds could sign him for as little as £1 million. It remains to be seen whether or not that is the case.

However, there’s no doubt that he has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park. He isn’t fancied by Rafael Benítez and that isn’t likely to have changed. Therefore, the midfielder will most likely be on the move this summer.

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Given the commitment he showed for the Reds, it makes perfect sense to try and bring him back.

In this case though, O’Neill may be concerned by the number of players he already has in Colback’s position. The likes of Ben Watson, Claudio Yacob, Liam Bridcutt and Ryan Yates are all contracted for next season.

It will be interesting to see how Colback’s situation develops over the next few weeks. The Reds certainly can’t let him join a Championship rival if they are serious about promotion next season.

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