Between The Lines: Nottingham Forest loanee Jack Colback wants PL football next season

Nottingham Forest loanee Jack Colback has been speaking about what the future holds for him after he returned to the starting XI for the goalless draw against Stoke City at the City Ground on Saturday, with a return to Newcastle United unlikely to happen while Rafa Benitez is in charge.

What has he said?

The 29-year-old reportedly said, as quoted by The Nottingham Post:

“My aim is to win promotion and yes, I would love to play here in the Premier League. I would be happy if it did turn out that way; if I did end up playing in the Premier League with Forest.

“My situation at Newcastle looks pretty bleak, with Rafa. That is one of those things.

“Obviously the aim is to get Forest promoted. Then we will see.

“If the (Newcastle) manager comes calling and wants to take me back there, we will cross that bridge when we come to it. But we are a long way off that just yet. We will keep calm for now.

“I enjoy it here. We are settled. My kids are down here, they are at school now and I hope to have a good season.”

What do his comments really mean?

While the quotes at the end suggesting he is settled in the area are certainly promising for him remaining with the Reds in the long-term – something the fans and manager Aitor Karanka would seemingly be keen on following his performances this season.

The 29-year-old showed what a key player he is by instantly returning to the starting XI against Stoke having missed the win against then league leaders Sheffield United through suspension, and he was picked despite the experienced Claudio Yacob impressing on his full debut against the Blades.

However, Colback has also refused to rule out a return to Newcastle – however unlikely it might be – and his comments also suggest that ideally he wants to be playing Premier League football next season.

If Forest fail to win promotion and he receieves an offer from a top-flight club then he would surely be on his way, especially seeing as he turns 30 years of age in 2019 and is running out of time to get more Premier League appearances under his belt.