Nottingham Forest have this afternoon confirmed the permanent signing of midfielder Jack Colback who returns for a third spell at the City Ground.
The midfield enforcer has penned permanent a contract at the club, having previously spent 18 months on Trentside.
Colback left Newcastle at the end of last season after making 102 appearances for the Magpies, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2017.
He wasn’t named in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad and then picked up an injury which does mean he hasn’t played since his last Forest appearances in 2019.
Colback brings bags of experience though and his arrival will bring some proven Championship expertise into Sabri Lamouchi’s squad.
The 30-year-old arrives on a free and will look to help the Reds in their quest to finally end their elusive wait for Premier League football.
A Newcastle-born midfielder, Colback arrives having already played 55 times for the club.
He built up a strong rapport with the Reds faithful with hard work, passion and generally churning out extremely accomplished performances.
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It’s rare a combative midfielder would excite but supporters but in the case of Colback an exception might be made.
His performances during his previous spells at Forest saw him quickly become a fan favourite among supporters.
Fans will want more though. Colback is a tremendous start to the recruitment drive but a couple more proven Championship players will be sought.
This is a positive sign, however, that Forest are feeling somewhat uneasy about the disastrous January window and this is a step in the right direction.