Date: 15th December 2018 at 10:33pm
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Nottingham Forest can choose to turn Jack Colback’s loan move permanent next summer, with his deal at the City Ground including a buying option.

The 29-year-old has been a regular in the midfield under Aitor Karanka and the majority of polled supporters would like to see him kept for the 2019/20 campaign, regardless of how Forest get on in the Championship this season.

Colback has made 18 league appearances since making the switch from Newcastle United and has talked up the prospect of a permanent move in the past. He initially joined Forest in January 2018 and impressed enough to be headhunted again over the summer.

With Ben Watson and Liam Bridcutt out of the squad while Claudio Yacob is no spring chicken, Karanka will benefit from retaining the combative midfielder. Colback has been an important player this season, missing only three league games through suspension and playing 1598 minutes from a possible 1890.

The ball-winner has averaged a tackle or interception every 21 minutes and makes more than 40 passes-per-game with an 87% completion ratio. It’s surely a no-brainer for Forest to sign Colback when the season comes to a close.

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