Jack Colback says he will consider it if Rafa Benitez wants him back at Newcastle United
Jack Colback signed for the club he supports back in 2014.
Sunderland weren’t impressed when Newcastle signed the midfielder on a free, when they were expecting him to extend his contract.
Colback played 29 times in Newcastle’s promotion season but then found himself totally sidelined by Rafa Benitez.
The manager then not impressed when the midfielder refused to go out on loan.
Left out of the first team picture, Jack Colback finally went to Forest on loan in January (2018) and after impressing in that half-season, is now back at the City Ground for a full season on loan with an option for a permanent deal at the end of it.
Contracted to Newcastle United until 2019, the player will have another year on his NUFC contract remaining when this season finishes.
Asked about his long-term future, Jack Colback says ‘I would love to play here (Forest) in the Premier League’, the club are currently seventh and just one place behind the play-offs.
However, despite describing his situation with Rafa Benitez and Newcastle as ‘pretty bleak’, the loan player says he will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on his next step and rather bizarrely declared ‘If the manager (Rafa Benitez) comes calling and wants to take me back there, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.’
They say never be surprised at what happens in football but if Jack Colback ended up playing for Rafa Benitez again, then that would be VERY surprising.
Surely the only possible way Colback could be playing for Newcastle again, would be if Rafa wasn’t there any longer.
Not exactly a dream double for most Newcastle fans, Rafa Benitez leaving and Jack Colback back in the team…
One thing doesn’t change with the player, Jack Colback has made 30 Championship appearances for Forest in total, picking up 11 yellow cards, Colback returning from his latest suspension when playing in a goalless draw against Stoke at the weekend.
Jack Colback asked by Nottinghamshire Live whether he sees his long-term future at Nottingham Forest:
“It just depends. That is something that can quickly be taken out of your hands.
“It is one of those things, football can change quickly, we will see what happens.
“But my aim is to win promotion and yes, I would love to play here in the Premier League.
“I would be happy if it did turn out that way; if I did end up playing in the Premier League with Forest.
“My situation at Newcastle looks pretty bleak, with Rafa, that is one of those things.
“I am not too fussed about that, but it was disappointing with the way it ended, with Newcastle being my home town club. But that is football.
“Obviously the aim is to get Forest promoted. Then we will see.
“If the manager (Rafa Benitez) comes calling and wants to take me back there, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
“But we are a long way off that just yet, we will keep calm for now.
“I am enjoying it this season, because we are doing well and the fans are coming here in big numbers.
“I think when I first came, last season, there would be 19,000 or 20,000 people here, sometimes. Now the stadium is almost full for most games.
“It is great to see and I think that comes from what we are doing.
“If we do not perform, the crowds will not be there. The fans were good again this weekend.
“I enjoy it here and we are settled.
“My kids are down here, they are at school now, and I hope to have a good season.
“Promotion is the aim for me and the aim for everyone else here.”
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