Martin O’Neill says he’s planning to have talks with Jack Colback over the possibility of the 29-year-old turning his loan deal permanent at Nottingham Forest over the summer.
Colback won’t play another game for the Reds this season after picking up a 15th yellow card in the Championship. He was suspended against Middlesbrough on Monday and will be absent for the last two meetings with Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers.
O’Neill was asked if Colback’s appearance against Blackburn Rovers on April 13 would be his last for Forest, he told Nottinghamshire Live: “I genuinely do not know that. I need to have a conversation with him. I think that Jack – without having had this conversation with him – has another year left on his contract at Newcastle.
“I would not know what their plans are for him. Even if they are happy to allow him to move on, there are other issues that we would need to deal with. We will sit down with him now, now that he is out of the team for the next couple of matches.”
Colback has spoken out about the possibility of joining Forest, but he’s admitted that the decision isn’t entirely down to him. As the still has one more year on his deal at Newcastle, his future is in the hands of his club. He originally spent the second-half of last season on loan with Forest and has now spent 18 months at the City Ground.
Forest’s failure to finish in the top-six of the Championship might be a factor in Colback’s decision, however, as he’ll return to the Premier League this summer and could have offers from clubs in the top-flight. Why would he join the Reds if he has better options? Forest are expected to make a move for the Englishman, but whether they will land his signature remains to be seen.