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Jack Colback discusses his future after playing last game for Nottingham Forest

4 months ago
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The season ended for Jack Colback on Friday and also effectively for Nottingham Forest.

Any faint hopes of a play-off spot are over after they lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.

Whilst for Jack Colback, a 15th yellow card in 38 Championship matches means that he misses the final three games of the season.

The 29 year old has spent the last year and a half at Forest but now says he hasn’t got a clue what will happen next.

Given a ridiculous six year deal back in 2014, Jack Colback still has one year left on his NUFC contract.

However, one thing he does believe is that he won’t ever play again for the club he has supported from being a kid.

Colback’s last Newcastle match was the 3-0 defeat of Barnsley at the end of the 2016/17 promotion season.

The Forest loan player saying that he knows he has no chance at Newcastle because Rafa Benitez made that clear: ‘I don’t see my future at Newcastle…I have not played there for a good two years now. The manager (Rafa Benitez) there made it clear I wasn’t in his plans at that time and that’s not going to change.’

The only other variable within that though, is Rafa’s future itself.

In the mad world of Newcastle United, if Mike Ashley forces the Spaniard out, then it would almost certainly be another Pardew/McClaren puppet manager and every chance of orders from above to give current players/assets another chance…

Jack Colback talking to the Nottingham Post:

“I’ve not spoken to either club (Newcastle United or Nottingham Forest).

“This time of the season, teams just want to get the season finished.

“Then you can go away, have a little break, reassess it.

“That is what I’ll do. I’ll go away.

“Things don’t really happen that quickly with football, so it will be a case of just waiting, enjoying time with my family and then speaking to my agent and seeing where we’re going to go.”

“I don’t see my future at Newcastle

“I have not played there for a good two years now.

“The manager (Rafa Benitez) there made it clear I wasn’t in his plans at that time and that’s not going to change.

“For me, it’s just about finishing this season as well as we can, taking a break from it all and reassess come pre-season.

“It’s hard; it’s hard to say (what will happen next).

“I see people around and they ask me what I’m going to do but I genuinely don’t know what’s going to happen.

“The move here, at the start of this season, happened quite late. I knew of the interest, but then you’ve got to get everything signed off and things right.

“Things can happen like that, where it’s hard to try to plan stuff, which is obviously difficult when you’ve got a family and kids, trying to sort them out – they’re the most important thing, for me.

“But that’s part and parcel of the game; you’ve got to take that and I’ll just see what happens.

“I have enjoyed it…I’ve enjoyed living here, I’ve enjoyed playing here. It’s a club with a huge amount of history, and it’s something that I’ve been really proud to play for the club.

“I will always look back fondly on it, even though we didn’t do what we set out to do (achieve promotion).

“It’s something that I have enjoyed.”

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