Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback says he is delighted to be back at the club and hopes to compete for regular football. The midfielder looked likely to leave the north-east club permanently this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Rafael Benitez.
But new manager Stave Bruce has brought Colback, who spent last season on-loan with Nottingham Forest, back in from the wilderness. Colback started both of Newcastle’s Premier League Asia Trophy games in China and could be in contention for their season-opener against Arsenal on August 11.
The 29-year-old still has one year remaining on his contract at St James’ Park and insists he will make the most of his second chance. Colback said: “It’s a bit unexpected, but that’s football sometimes. Obviously, I knew I had a year left, but I wasn’t expecting to come back and be involved.
Things can change. All I’ve got to do is apply myself and work hard for the team when selected. “If I’ve got a realistic chance to play, then of course (I want to stay). I loved my time here when I was playing. It’s a great place to play, St James’s. “I always gave 100% for the shirt. I’ll continue to do that, if selected.”