Town loan star given okay to stay for the season
IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane will get his New Year wish and be able to keep midfielder Jack Colback until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old, who was voted player of the year last season and returned to Portman Road for a second loan spell in October, will be left to make up his own mind about his immediate future by his Sunderland manager Steve Bruce
Colback has started every game since his return and will surely agree to his current loan deal that expires next week being extended to the end of the season.
This will allow him to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup next Sunday and be available to Keane as the Ipswich boss looks to lift his side up the Championship starting with a win at Coventry today (kick-off 3pm).
The news from the Stadium of Light kicks-off 2011 on the right foot for Keane, who admitted yesterday that it would be a ‘disaster’ if he was to lose Colback.
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Bruce said today: “I’m aware that Jack’s loan spell is almost up at Ipswich but I’m going to leave it to him to decide whether or not he comes back.
“I’ve had Roy on the phone talking about it and it was interesting situation – we do have injury problems at the moment, but then I know Jack is doing well down there and getting regular football.
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“So we’ll have a word with Jack and leave the ball in his court really – if he wants to come back then he’s free to do that.
“But if he wants to stay there until the end of the season, we’re happy that that will continue helping him to improve.”
Sunderland are happy for all their other loan players to remain at their temporary clubs - Andy Reid and Nyron Nosworthy (Sheffield United), David Healy (Doncaster Rovers), George McCartney (Leeds United), Oumare Tounkare and Jean-Yves M’voto (Oldham Athletic).
Keane also has Rory Fallon, Jake Livermore and Darren O’Dea on loan with their current deals also running out this month having seen Andros Townsend and Gianni Zuiverloon recently recalled to their parent clubs.
“Andros is a talented boy who was so good going forward but needed more experience with defensive play and I feel sorry for him,” said Keane.
“Gianni had settled in nicely and was giving us balance at right back.”
Keane is happy what Fallon has brought with him from Plymouth with Sheffield Wednesday also reported to be interested in signing the New Zealand striker.
“Rory’s a good professional,” added Keane.
“He gives us something different with a physical presence and an aerial threat.
“I’ve not spoken to him about his plans. I speak very little to players who are doing well - I let them get on with it.
“It’s not my way to my arm around them.
Having good tidy players does not get you out of the Championship.”