Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has raved about the importance of Jack Colback during an interview with BBC Sport.

The 32-year-old has filled in at left-back recently and he’s been a top performer since Cooper arrived at the club.

Forest go to Luton tomorrow with a play-off spot well within their grasp and a top-two spot not entirely out of reach just yet.

Colback is likely to play at left-back once again at Kenilworth Road. Max Lowe isn’t quite fit yet and clearly, Cooper fancied the ex-Newcastle man as a makeshift option.

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The player who signed on a free transfer in 2020 struggled to hold down a place in the team during last season.

He’s had no such struggles this time around, however, making 37 appearances for the team in all competitions.

Cooper believes that Colback’s importance to the team shouldn’t be undervalued.

The head coach told BBC Sport: “He has got good experience and good leadership, he’s got a sensible approach to the game and is willing to share what he thinks.

“I want everyone to have a view and opinion and certainly the ones who have been around the block before.

“There is nothing more powerful sometimes than a player talking because they’re the ones on the pitch playing in the game.”

Colback has proven Forest critics wrong

After a slow start to the 2020/21 campaign, some cynical supporters questioned whether Forest had made a mistake in signing Colback.

That did seem harsh though. He spent the entire 2019/20 season out with injury and naturally it was going to take him some time to get going.

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This season he has proved his worth. He’s a solid professional and is someone who gives his all in every single game that he plays.

Colback is a real leader in a young Forest squad and he’s one of the first names on the team sheet on current form.

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