Colback confirms his future plans
JACK Colback has confirmed that he wants a permanent move from Sunderland, but it might not be to Ipswich Town.
The 21-year-old, who still has two weeks of his current loan deal to run, is not wanted back at the Stadium of Light by Black Cats manager Steve Bruce.
And Town boss Roy Keane has told last season’s Ipswich Player of the Year that he wants him to extend his stay at Portman Road.
But Colback, who is expected to give the go-ahead to face Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, said today:
“Ideally I’d like a permanent move somewhere so that I can take stock and get settled.
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“But you can’t tell and there might be complications about moving to Ipswich.
“Sunderland might want something that Ipswich can’t provide – we’ll have to wait and see.”
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Colback has not ruled out a second option of agreeing an extension to his Town loan stay, and he added:
“Anything can happen in football and time will tell.”
But after spending last season on loan and proving himself a Championship player – and with Bruce not currently having him in his plans – Colback feels the time is right to kick his career on with a permanent move.
“I spoke to the gaffer here last week about a permanent move and he said he would like me to stay.
“That was a positive for me and gave me a lot of confidence.
“He wants me to stay and it’s up to me and I’m not rushing still with two weeks left of my loan deal. I’m taking things slowly.”
The complications that Colback refer to relate mainly to a transfer fee with Bruce not one for dispensing with his players cheaply as the purchases of Grant Leadbitter (over �2million), Carlos Edwards and Marton Fulop (both over �1million) testify.
Martyn Waghorn, who was brought up in the same youth side at Sunderland, was sold in the summer for �3million to Leicester City.
Colback says that under pressure Keane is keeping his head and moving on after Monday’s home Championship defeat by Nottingham Forest.
“He’s like the players and kept his head up and moved on,” said Colback.
“He was disappointed that we lacked guile in the final third of the pitch.
“We probed and passed away, but perhaps at the same time we went long too many times when we should have been trying stuff on the edge of the box.”
“I’m cup-tied in the Carling Cup, but I’m unsure whether I can play in the FA Cup yet.
“Both Chelsea and Arsenal will be great games for the club and fans and a break away from the league.
“We’re not just going to make the numbers up – we’re looking to go through.
“We’re failed to push on yet again after a positive result, but we’ve been playing better recently and I’m confident Ipswich can have a successful 2011. It’s been so frustrating”