Noel Whelan has urged Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback to try and find a way to quit the club over the coming days after failing to play any football in the early stages of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker says that the 29-year-old should be looking for a move which allows him to play regularly, having found himself out of the first-team picture at St James’ Park.
He has not been registered for the club’s 25-man Premier League squad and having not featured in the League Cup defeat to Leicester City, he could face going without any senior football until January.
With just days until the transfer window slams shut in Scotland and across Europe, Whelan has urged the former Nottingham Forest loanee to try and find something which gets him off Tyneside and playing regular football.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s not part of Steve Bruce’s plans, so there’s no point staying at a football club in the reserves, simple as that. He’s an experienced professional, he knows what he needs to do and it’s just to be playing regularly.
“You know in your heart if you’re part of the manager’s plans or you’re not and when you don’t play a League Cup game after all the games he’s played in his career, it’s time to move on.
“You’ve got to be honest with yourself and at this stage of your career, it’s about playing first-team football and enjoying the rest of the football you have left.”
Colback fell out of favour under former boss Rafael Benitez and has not featured for the club since May 2017, having made 102 appearances for the Magpies.
He has spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest over recent seasons, playing 54 times for the City Ground side in the Championship and once in the FA Cup.
In other Newcastle United news, Whelan was left fuming to Football Insider about an “embarrassing” Magpies’ star who should be fined by the club.