Jack Colback has revealed he could join Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal this summer. The 29-year-old re-joined Forest on loan from Newcastle United last summer and has been an influential player this season. Colback has made 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating five goals, but he admitted that his future was uncertain even if he wanted to stay at the City Ground.
He said to Nottinghamshire Live: “I have had a lot of people ask me that and it is a tough one to answer. If you ask me if I would like to come back and sign permanently, the answer is yes. It is not as easy as that in football. Forest themselves have to commit to a permanent deal. Then you have to work out that deal.”
Colback still has one year remaining on his deal with Newcastle, so there is a slim chance he could return to St James’ Park and be a part of the first-team next season. There’s also the possibility of him joining another club this summer. If Forest aren’t successful in their hunt for promotion, will Colback still be willing to stay permanent in the Midlands?
He added: “It is not as straightforward as a yes or no. But I have enjoyed my time here and, if the opportunity arose, it is one I would view positively, with good thought. I know the club, because I have been there a little while. I know the players, I have enjoyed my time here and my family are happy, so let’s see what happens.”
Forest are desperate to hold onto the Englishman as they could be losing three midfielders from the side this summer – Pele will return to his parent club AS Monaco, Liam Bridcutt has been short of playing time this season and Adlene Guedioura is struggling for minutes under Martin O’Neill and will turn 34 later this year. Losing Colback would leave the Reds very short on options in the engine room.