Jack Colback ‘wants to play football’ and that’s why he joined Nottingham Forest, claims Karanka

By | February 2, 2018

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback “wants to play” football in order to show how good he is, believes Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka.

The 28-year-old joined the Championship club on loan until the end of the season after being frozen out at St James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez told Colback at the start of the season that he did not have a future at Newcastle, but the former Sunderland midfielder did not leave United during the summer window.

After being forced to train with the Under-23s at the Academy for more than six months, Colback eventually departed Newcastle on transfer-deadline day.

“Players like Jack need to play football,” Karanka told The Nottingham Post.

“I met him and you can see, in the way that he looks at you, that he wants to play. He is deciding to show how good he is; how big a character he is and how experienced he is.

“When I knew he was available I did not have any doubt, because he is the kind of player we need and have missed here.”

“When I knew he was available I did not have any doubt, because he is the kind of player we need and have missed here.”

“It’s nice to get out on loan and hopefully play some games,” Colback said of his move.

“It’s been a difficult few months for me, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity here.

“The club were very keen to get it done – that was a big factor. They showed a lot of interest, and I’ve heard lots of good things about the manager from players who have played for him before.”