Jack Colback: “The key in January was to come here and play some games after being frozen out at Newcastle. The manager gave me the chance to do that here and I am thankful for that.
“Clubs act later on, towards the window. It would be rare for anyone to be talking about transfers now, with the season still to run.
“I will play these eight games then go away on holiday with my family and then take it from there.”
Whether he ends up being part of things or not, Colback firmly believes there is plenty to be positive about next season for Forest.
“I do think better times are on the horizon here, without a doubt. The appointment of the manager was a good thing, it speaks volumes in fact,” he said. “He did a great job at Middlesbrough and was probably a little unfortunate to lose his job there.
“That is the nature of football. But the way we have improved since he has been here – and there have been a lot of changes – I think the fans can be positive about the future.
“I think there is the core of a squad here that can challenge for a top six place next season. The squad is a good one now.
“There is a lot of experience, because the manager made a lot of changes when the window was open.
“It is a good squad and it has felt like, in the last three games, we have not been far away from taking wins from those games.
“I don’t see why promotion cannot be the aim here next season.”
And Colback is personally pleased Forest gave him the chance to make sure his season was not written off completely.
“It was important that I came out and played some games and I have played every one so far, so I am thankful for that opportunity,” he said. “It was important to make sure this season was not a write off for me.
“It was a surprise to me, what happened at the start of the season, when it came to the timing of things. I have two kids; a young family and I did not really have time to make a choice about my future.
“I ended up staying (at Newcastle), but did not expect to get put down to train with the kids. I just had to stay professional.
“I made sure that, come January, when the opportunity arose, I came out and played some games.
“A full season not playing competitively, would not have been good. It was a really important move for me.”