Steve Bruce makes decision on Jack Colback's Newcastle United future

Steve Bruce has all but made his mind up about Jack Colback.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 2:09 pm

Bruce last week told the Gazette that he’d given Newcastle United’s players a “clean slate” after taking over as head coach. Colback – who has a year left on his contract at St James’s Park – was frozen out by Rafa Benitez, Bruce’s predecessor, two years ago and loaned to Nottingham Forest.

However, the 29-year-old midfielder – who spoke to the Gazette about his United future in China earlier this month – has featured in all three of the club’s pre-season games.

Colback said: “Things can change. All I’ve got to do is apply myself and work hard for the team when selected.”

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The Gazette understands that Bruce is minded to keep Colback at Newcastle this season. Killingworth-born Colback, signed on a free transfer in 2014 after his Sunderland contract expired, played for Bruce at the Stadium of Light earlier in his career.