Martin O’Neill on Jack Colback “I am not exactly sure, to the nth degree, what the agreement is with Newcastle”
Jack Colback left Newcastle United in summer 2018, not having played in Newcastle’s first team since May 2017.
Arriving at Newcastle on a ‘bargain’ free transfer in 2014, it was reported he’d signed a five contract at the time.
The midfielder’s move was one of these strange ones, reportedly a year’s loan to Forest, even though only a year left on his Newcastle contract.
Jack Colback muddying the waters a little more, when in November, he was still wondering about the possibility of Rafa Benitez getting in touch again (see below), no matter how unlikely he accepted it might be.
Now Martin O’Neill has been talking about the player’s future and contractual position, admitting ‘I am not exactly sure, to the nth degree, what the agreement is with Newcastle. I will certainly have a look at that.’
Interestingly, with 10 yellows and two suspensions already this season, Marin O’Neill revealed that he’d made Jack Colback captain at the weekend, as he would then be ‘less likely to get himself foolishly booked.’
Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 against Preston and are six points off the play-offs but Colback did avoid yet another booking.
Martin O’Neill talking about Jack Colback to Nottinghamshire Live:
“In terms of long-term future, it is really early for me to be deciding these things.
“I am not exactly sure, to the nth degree, what the agreement is with Newcastle. I will certainly have a look at that.
“I think your opinion that he has been one of the better players this season is pretty well the same thought around the dressing room as well.
“I have not got into the contractual details of his situation, but I will look at this situation in the near future.
“I thought that if he was captain, he was less likely to get himself foolishly booked.
“It was a combination of reasons for that.”
12 November 2018 – Jack Colback asked 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.”
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