The versatile midfielder joined Forest on loan on deadline day.
Nottingham Forest snapped up Jack Colback on transfer deadline day, snapping up the versatile midfielder on loan from Newcastle United. It came after he had been exiled at St James’ Park by manager Rafa Benitez. He had not featured in a single game this season and spent his entire campaign training with the under-23s.
So it was something of a shock to see him thrown straight into the starting line-up by Aitor Karanka against Fulham today. He performed well as Forest lost to Fulham in a game where their performance warranted more than the defeat.
Newcastle player Jack Colback in action during the EFL Cup Round Two match between Newcastle United and Cheltenham Town at St. James Park on August 23, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
He played well for Forest, but after the game he spoke about his disappointment at the result. He also spoke of his dissatisfaction at the way he was treated by Newcastle.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham:
“Disappointed overall with the result. I think we plenty of clear enough chances to get something from the game. We looked solid and comfortable. We matched them and were very organised.
"I felt alright and a lot better than I thought. It's nice to be in the first team environment here.
“It's been difficult. To be honest with you there has been no respect shown my way whatsoever. (At Newcastle).
“It's my first game in four or five months and I'm just pleased to get through it."
Newcastle player Jack Colback (r) challenges Che Adams (l) of Birmingham during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Birmingham City and Newcastle United at St Andrews (stadium)...
Colback, who joined Newcastle from rivals Sunderland on a free transfer in 2014, played his last game for Newcastle on the final day of the Championship season last year and he played 34 times that season.
But he was then cut from the team photo for the new season and Colback appears to have every right to feel disrespected.
He will hope to earn more respect at Nottingham Forest and try get his career back on track.