Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I've Got Half a Chance Again with United - Let's See What the Future Holds for Me; THE AGENDA: Newcastle Midfielder Jack Colback on the 'Surprise' of Being Frozen out by Benitez

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I've Got Half a Chance Again with United - Let's See What the Future Holds for Me; THE AGENDA: Newcastle Midfielder Jack Colback on the 'Surprise' of Being Frozen out by Benitez

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Newcastle United writer lee.ryder@reachplc.com @lee_ryder

JACK Colback has revealed that a spat with former boss Rafa Benitez left him surprised after playing his part in the club's climb back into the Premier League.

Colback was frozen out at United and has not kicked a ball in the topflight since 2016 in the 5-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

The midfielder - who has now been handed a clean slate under Steve Bruce - was relegated to the reserves and told by Benitez to leave the club.

But after Nottingham Forest opted against turning his loan move into a permanent deal, Colback ended up back at United and checking back into the senior end of the club's Benton training ground.

Speaking about his strained relationship with Benitez, Colback said: "It was out of the blue, really.

"That was what was surprising. "I got on fine with Rafa when he was here and played games with him.

"It was just out of the blue, which was the only strange thing I felt.

"Again, that's football. I'm big enough to take it on the chin.

"There are a lot better players than me left out of squads. I went to Forest and really enjoyed my time there. "Now maybe I've got half a chance back here, so we'll see what happens."

The reality is that Colback's future could now depend on how successful Bruce is in the remainder of the transfer window.

Colback started both games in China against West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the trip has at least resulted in the club landing a new boss.

The midfielder said: "The club was in limbo for too long.

"When Rafa went it obviously took a while to get a new manager in.

Jack Colback at Nottingham Forest - 'I really enjoyed my time there' "It was difficult for Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn, but they've been really good with us. They understood the situation. Now we've got the new manager in, we've got to listen to what he wants and, as players, buy into that. …

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