Big claims considering he’s a player who’s been completely left out of the last TWO managers plans, yet Shelvey isn’t the first to praise his work rate and professionalism on the training field.
Jono also reveals that Colback has been getting a 3-hour train from the Midlands to Tyneside every morning across 2019/20, with him now based in Nottingham with his partner and kids.
After selecting the forgotten Mag in his ‘Dream XI’, here’s what he had to say about his former midfield partner during his chat with In The Box:
“He’s still got a contract at Newcastle and he comes in and trains and he’s probably near enough the best trainer. Knowing that you’re not going to play is so hard.
“When he went to Forest, his missus and kids moved to Forest so he gets a train to Newcastle every morning from Nottingham and that’s dedication because he could just sack it off and say, ‘No, I’m not doing that’ and I don’t think the club are that bothered about him turning up for training.
“He still comes in and puts it in every day and I think hats off to him. But as a player and what he used to do? Obviously, win the ball and just give me a five-yard pass next to me so I can go and do my stuff. That was a big thing in the Champ and why we succeeded in the Champ.”
While his dedication to prove himself to Steve Bruce in training (despite being excluded from his squad) is commendable, I think most of us would happily sit on a train twice a day for a few hours if we were getting paid as handsomely as he is to do very little.
He’s clearly not sulked, and that’s credit to him, but I know plenty people who sit on a countless number of trains per day to get little over £1,000 per week – not £40,000 plus!
With him in the final few months of his current contract and clearly still good enough to do a job for a decent Championship side, hopefully he lands himself a decent move this summer.
That said, he might have to accept a pretty hefty pay cut!