Former Nottingham Forest loanee Jack Colback was pictured returning for pre-season training at Newcastle United yesterday.
According to the Nottingham Post, the 29-year-old midfielder is set to given a ‘clean slate’ by his parent club.
This isn’t good news for the Reds who had hoped to negotiate a permanent deal for the midfielder. This was included as part of the season-long loan deal a year ago, but so far the two clubs haven’t been able to agree a permanent deal.
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It seemed inevitable that the midfielder, nicknamed the ‘Ginger Pirlo’ by some Reds supporters, would be moving away from the North East this summer. This was mainly because he had been frozen out by Rafael Benítez.
However, after the Spaniard’s departure from St James’ Park last weekend, Colback has been given a chance to impress. He will be hoping he can impress whoever the Magpies opt to appoint next.
If he can, then he could end up playing regularly in the Premier League again next season.
Of course, the Magpies aren’t the only side to have undergone a managerial change recently. The Reds decided a change was needed and appointed Sabri Lamouchi following the dismissal of Martin O’Neill.
Even if Colback does become available, there is yet to be an indication from Lamouchi on whether he’d be interested. He may have his own targets in that position who he’d prefer.
There’s no doubt that the midfielder would be a good signing if the Reds can secure deal. He has impressed in his two loans spells at the City Ground. He would’ve picked up the Player of the Year award last season if it wasn’t for an exceptional season from Joe Lolley.
The Reds do still have a number of options in that area of the pitch. Ben Watson, Claudio Yacob, Ryan Yates, Liam Bridcutt and Adlène Guedioura are all contracted for next season. In addition to this, the Reds have also been linked with former Portugal Under-21 star Tiago Silva.
With just 12 months left on his current contract, Colback may yet still have a future at St James’ Park. However, it will certainly be interesting to see how his situation develops over the summer.