Jack Colback has finally made his move back to Nottingham Forest.

Friday afternoon seeing confirmation of a year-long loan deal, which means he will see out the final year of his five season Newcastle United deal, at the City Ground.

Hopefully an ideal transfer all round, with the midfielder set to get regular football for Forest and Newcastle getting an unwanted player off the wage bill.

After the move was confirmed, Jack Colback said it was the ambition of Forest that had convinced him.

Whilst you expect any new signing to play to the crowd with their words when they join, there is actually some substance on this occasion.

Forest are having a real go this summer at getting promotion and Jack Colback is their tenth signing so far.

They have a net spend of around £25m in this window and the Carvalho and Grabban signings cost £20m alone. As well as the buys, Forest have also made a number of significant loan signings and free transfers, including former England international Michael Dawson and players from Monaco and Benfica.

This irony won’t be lost on Newcastle fans who see their club in profit this transfer window, less than three weeks until the deadline.

Jack Colback:

“I’m delighted obviously (to sign for Forest).

“It took a bit of time getting it finalised but I’m very pleased to be back.

“To get promotion is one of the reasons I came back.

“Also the support of the manager during off-season. He expressed his feelings about wanting to get me back.

“Obviously when I was here first time round, I enjoyed my time here.

“A great set of lads and the manager has shown a real ambition to get this club in the Premier League and that is something I want to be part of.

“I think the level of the signings that he’s made highlights the ambition. I think there’s a real buzz around the club at the moment and I’m just looking forward to getting into it.

“Yeah I’m alright (in terms of fitness).

“Well I think, I’ll see it on the first day of training I suppose. I kept myself in decent shape whilst we were off-season. I certainly carry a good level of fitness so I’m sure I’ll be fine.

“It’s not far until the start of the season, a couple of weeks off now.

“The boys have already been working hard, they’ve been back a while now obviously picked up a few wins in the friendlies, which doesn’t mean too much but I’m sure everything is in place come that first game of the season; I’m sure we’ll be ready.”

Jackie Smithfield