Colback earmarked for first team squad

IPSWICH TOWN: Sunderland have ruled out any chance of midfielder Jack Colback being loaned back to the Blues this season.

The 20-year-old made a big impression and won player of the year while on a season-long loan at Portman Road last term.

But along with striker Martyn Waghorn, who was on loan at Leicester City last season, Colback will be featuring in the Black Cats’ plans.

Colback made his Premier League debut in the final game on 2009/10 and was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

He played 41 times for Ipswich and scored five goals with Town manager Roy Keane keeping an eye on the situation in case Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was happy to release Colback to gain further first team experience.

But this is not going to happen.

Bruce has to name a 25-strong squad – including eight ‘home grown’ players - that he must select in his side from next season.

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Colback need not be on that list as ‘home grown’ players under 21 can be used even if they are not in the squad.

One player certain to miss out on the 25 – and this week’s trip to Portugal – is striker David Healy, who was on loan at Portman Road for the final three months of last season.

He has one year left on his contract and Bruce is keen to get him off the wage bill although he will be seeking a fee.

Healy scored just one goal in his time with Ipswich and did not do enough to be placed high on Keane’s list of wanted strikers to boost Ipswich’s goal output next term.

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