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Jack Colback in the running for player of the season – Two horse race

3 years ago

Jack Colback has been a massive hit at Nottingham Forest.

After a half season on loan last year, the Newcastle midfielder returned to the City Ground last summer for a full season.

At the time it was widely reported as a year loan AND that at the end of that year he would be a free agent.

However, Jack Colback revealed in an interview (see below) this week that it had been massive year deal he had signed back in 2014. Another bizarre move by Mike Ashley.

Forest are only three points off the play-offs but one of seven clubs separated by four points, from Middlesbrough in fifth down to Forest in eleventh.

So can Newcastle bank some money for the midfielder this summer?

Well the signs are good if you take notice of this poll of Forest fans.

Jack Colback has started 33 Championship games this season and scored three goals, plus picked up 13 yellow cards and two suspensions.

However, thanks to his displays in midfield he is one of only two players in contention for player of the season.

A poll of Forest fans on Nottinghamshire Live, has former Huddersfield winger Joe Lolley with 52% of the vote, then Jack Colback polling 35%.

Ben Osborn and Jack Robinson are next highest with only 2% each, whilst Forest’s 16 goal top scorer Lewis Grabban only has 1%.

Jack Colback speaking to the Nottingham Post:

“I have a year left on my contract at Newcastle.

“When I saw the reports that said I was out of contract, I had to check with my agent that I did have a year left.

“It is not as though I am looking at it and thinking that I will go back to Newcastle and try to get back in the team.

“I am realistic enough to know that, if the current manager (Rafa Benitez) is still there, I am not going to be playing.

“I am not sat here thinking that things might change if he goes – the way I am looking at it is to think that I haven’t played for the club for two years and it is unlikely that I will do again.

“We will see what happens in the summer.

“I really enjoyed my time at Newcastle but getting relegated was hard, because it is my home town club and I have a lot of family and friends up there. That was tough to take.

“In the time I was there, I played a lot of games.

“It did not end too well but that happens with football. It is one of those things that is out of the blue”


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