Jack Colback was not included in Newcastle’s Premier League squad of 25 players this season, and the Shields Gazette report that the player is “deeply disappointed” by the decision.
Colback is said to have been given assurances over his future by Steve Bruce ahead of the season, and was expecting to be given a chance in the coming months.
But it was not to be for the midfielder, and with the transfer window now closed in England’s top two divisions, quite where Colback goes from here, is anyone’s guess.
With only Scotland, League One and Two, or a move abroad currently available to him, there seems little wiggle-room for a player in the last year of his contract.
With him certain to leave as a free-agent next summer, surely the best option for all concerned, is to reach an agreement between player and club to rip up the remainder of his contract, and let him move for nothing outside the window.
Jack Colback could still be good Championship player
Of course, he is on a lucrative deal, and may not want to end it early, but if playing football is his priority, he should take it on the chin, cut his losses and jump at the chance to resurrect a flailing career elsewhere.
Similarly, the club know they are literally paying his salary for nothing as it currently stands, so should make him an offer to end his deal early.
He is surplus to requirements on Tyneside, but there is no doubt he could make a valuable contribution to a Championship side – as he did at Nottingham Forest last season.
Should he stay, and see out his contract, the scenario is quickly becoming similar to that of Jack Rodwell down the road at Sunderland last year.