Nottingham Forest’s deadline day loan signing Jack Colback has said that he has got a lot to prove after being snubbed from the first team at Newcastle United for the first half of the season.
The 28-year-old arrived at the Championship club in the final hours of the January transfer deadline day, securing a move which will keep him at the City Ground until the end of the current campaign.
He links up with a Forest side sitting 15th in the table, and the club will be hoping his experience of the league, having been a part of the Newcastle team which picked up the Championship title last season, will help push them up the rankings after a disappointing start.
However Colback may well need to re-acclimatise to being part of a first team squad, having been completely outcast by Rafael Benitez after being deemed surplus to requirements last summer, and does not have a single senior outing to his name this season.
Delivering his verdict on the move, the former Sunderland man told Forest’s official website: “It is nice to get out on loan and hopefully play some games.
“It has been a difficult few months for me but I am looking forward to the opportunity here. The club were very keen to get it done and that was a big factor.
“They showed a lot of interest and I have heard lots of good things about the manager (Aitor Karanka) from players who have played for him before.
“I know what this league is all about, it is a tough league and every game is tough. I will give 100 per cent, try my hardest for the team, for my teammates and the staff and hopefully I can put in some good performances.”
Colback has a total of 79 matches worth of experience in England’s second tier, with four goals and seven assists in those appearances, with 29 of those coming during last season with Newcastle.
He will be battling it out for a role in the starting XI with the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Andreas Bouchalakis and fellow new arrival Adlene Guedioura, who returned to his former club on a deadline day deal.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, the club also welcomed a late double deal on the final day of the January window.