Jack Colback has now played his last game of a loan spell for Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder scoring his first and only goal of the season as Bolton came back to win 3-2 and secure their Championship survival.

Forest manager Aitor Karanka has made clear he wants to sign the player on a permanent deal.

However, the Nottingham Post has revealed that Jack Colback is on £40,000 a week wages at Newcastle United.

The two things don’t necessarily match up…

However, when asked about whether a lower wage offer will be an obstacle to the player signing, Karanka replied ‘If Jack Colback wants to be here, they won’t be.’

The player has one more year left on those £40,000 a week wages at Newcastle and clearly no Championship club who would be realistically interested in him, Forest or whoever, could be expected to get close to that figure.

Newcastle have been plagued by players who end up not being  good enough, put on wages beyond their ability, who then refuse to move on and prefer to pick up higher wages but with no football.

Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan were both given five year contracts and refused to move, ending up with the pair being paid off only a couple of months short of their contracts ending.

Currently we have Massadio Haidara due to end a five and a half year deal, having refused to move back to France on lower wages.

We are also set to see whether the likes of Sels and Saivet will agree to move this summer, having to compromise on wages if they are to get a permanent transfer.

Aitor Karanka:

“If Jack Colback wants to be here, they won’t be.

 “I have said always that the wages are important but it is more important to bring players here who want to be here.

“When you forget wages, when you trust in the project, and when you want to create something special, that is the main thing.

“The players who came here in January forgot about their wages, that is not what they were thinking about.

“I know that wages are important but I want players who want to stay here, who want to play for us.

“I hope Jack Colback  wants to be part of that.

“I have to speak with Jack Colback (about his future), but for me, he has been brilliant.

“Since he arrived here he has been professional, he has had a good attitude.

“He was on loan and it would have been easy for him to think about playing under his level [in the final match of the season], purely to avoid getting injured.

“But until the final minute, he showed that he was a good player, but also a professional.”



  • Albert Stubbins

    I should have put copywright on previous article aboot Colback.!!

  • shellington

    He’s 28 now and should be at the top of his game, if he can’t make it at Newcastle realistically the Championship is the right place for him. Does he want another year pizzing the toon off on good wages or move onto a club that clearly wants him now and maybe have 5 years there.

    I’d take the deal with Forest.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The never ending story of players who`s pension pots are vastly increased at Nufc without actually kicking a ball,
    Jack`s just the tip of the iceberg, who would pay good money for Manquillo, The Hoss, Sels etc.
    who would pay £12m for Murphy
    who will pay good money for Mbemba, stuck in the twilight zone for God knows what reason.
    What a Shambles

    • Rich Lawson

      Titus Shambles ?

    • Leicester Mag

      Buy on the cheep pay top wack in wages astonishing the sheer brilliance of this plan would blow Ballricks mind. A cunning plan engineered by a bunch of useless…

      • Rich Lawson

        ”Amusing turnips” ?

    • Toonrobbybobson

      I doubt very much Manquillo and Hoss for instance are on very much salary wise. I think thats part of the problem. Ashley looks at the whole cost of the deal now and factors in wages and fee as the total signing fee then spin it how they wish.

      Its hard to buy when you are restricted so much finances wise by the owner and move the goal posts all the time. Not strong foundations to try and build a long term future for the club. Say one thing do another… always the Ashley way.

      • mentalman

        Hoss is our third highest earner

  • Paul Patterson

    Somehow I don’t think he’s on £40k a week at Newcastle. I think it’s somewhat higher than that . .

    • Clarko

      Why would you think that?

      • Paul Patterson

        I just heard a while ago he was on something considerably higher . .

        • Clarko

          And why was that more credible than this report?

          • Paul Patterson

            Isn’t, I just think he’ll be on more having come for nothing.

          • Clarko

            You think Jack Colback, from Sunderland, who was earning ~£6k a week at Sunderland, moved to Mike Ashley’s Newcastle in 2014 and signed a contract that earned him “something considerably higher” than £40k that would have made him the top earner at the club.

            Makes sense.

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m not in anyway shape or form on clarkos side so don’t get me wrong, but I very much doubt many of our players are even on £40k a week in my opinion. Colback may as he got a free transfer, but there is no way he is on more than that. No chance, Matt Richie might be, and Kenedy definetly will be, but apart from those 2 I don’t think any of the others will be at the minute, next season Lascelles might push for more if he isn’t sold in the next couple of month.

      • Mal

        I think Lascelles is probably on more than 40k given he is captain and recently signed a 6 year contract. I think Shelvey was our top earner so he’s probably on more as well and even possibly Mitro. None of them on the bread line that’s for sure.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          I think Mitrovic and Shelvey are our top wage earners around the £70k mark.

          It shows how insane they were to offer Mitrovic that big a salary so young and unproven. I think the plan with Mitro was always to hope he had a good season or two and flip him for a profit.

      • Cockneytrev

        What is shelvey on?

        • Geordiegiants

          Shelvey is probably on a fair wage as well to be fair, I know we have a big wage bill but we have stacks of players like Colback who aren’t playing on prem money out on loan. He gives long contracts instead of top money.

  • Rich Lawson

    Just give him a free and let someone else sort the wages out,despite what the manager says,he hasn’t been ”brilliant” and has been benched several times,yet still managing to pick up 6 yellow cards in his brief time there.

    • Alex

      You can’t just give him a ‘free’ without paying up his remaining contract. From this, that’s would be 52 x £40,000.

      • Rich Lawson

        I know,but if Forest really want him then the negotiation is no fee and a considerable saving on transfers, allowing a better wage ?

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        You talk sense on this one, there may be a compromise but it’s going to cost.

  • TheFatController

    “I like to give the lads long contracts to protect their futures – I realise that unlike me, they can’t just get a long contract, get sacked for reasons none of my doing*, and then have a 6 month holiday and get another lucrative contract in a new job.”

    Best wishes,
    Alan Pardew

    * – like say, long grass or over-excitable home crowds

  • Andy Mac

    The reason for long contracts was because Fatso thought it was the model. Buy cheap, or free in JC’s case, sign them up long term then hopefully sell them on from a strong sellers position.

    Like so many aspects of this club undér the Fat Oaf its all about making money. Forget ambition, a quest for trophies, building a team to compete etc let’s just hope we make MONEEEE

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Ashley pays the going rate and when he does you still criticise him pathetic you can not have it both ways.

  • Colback is a good Championship midfielder and any club aiming for promotion should snap him up. We all know he’s not good enough for the big League but we can at least get him off our books.

  • Jimmy_toons

    Not sure what happened to him at United but getting him on a free from the dirt bags down the road was a good capture for us, he seemed to have done well with the Mackems. But he’s been more or less gash for us. He’s got plenty of experience playing in the Premier league so maybe some strugglers like Cardiff, might put a bid in for him. Who knows, we could get some bit for him. Gosling left on a free but after moving onto Bournemouth he’s played regularly in the Premier division.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    The false economy of players on a free is they get inflated wages that you cannot move on. Always question the motives of players who run down contracts. It tends to indicate they are money motivated rather than the game that bit more. Then if it doesnt work out you are stuck with them as no one else will touch them.

  • Paul Nathan-Geary

    Can you guys have a whip around to pay up Colback’s contract and we will take him off your hands?