It turns out Jack Colback is NOT out of contract at Newcastle this summer according to the Chronicle – news that can be seen as both good and bad news.
It was widely accepted – by both fans and local reporters – that Colback’s contract was due to expire this summer, meaning he’d be available on a free after his loan at Forest ended, however the Chronicle’s Mark Doulgas has insisted that the midfielder has another year left on his deal.
The good news as far as we’re concerned is that we’d now get a fee for him if Forest, or any other side, decide to make a move to sign him permanently this summer.
The bad news is it could mean we have another bit of deadwood on our books for Benitez to worry about, with the player clearly not in his plans – being someone he’d even banished to the reserves before Forest came in for him.
Worryingly, Douglas claims that Colback may yet decide to ‘chance his arm back at Newcastle’ this summer if Benitez leaves, with him perhaps feeling he still has a career at St James’ Park if another manager took over and liked what he saw.
This is no surprise really given he’s a local lad and always seemed reluctant to move south of Newcastle when loan offers came up, although there won’t be many fans who would support him in his decision to stay!
If Forest come in for Colback – and I think they’re likely to given how he’s impressed with them this season – then it’s good news for us as we’ll receive a fee (opposed to losing him on a free), but it’ll be frustrating if he’s stuck receiving a big wage in our reserves and being a nuisance as far as Benitez is concerned.