Black Cats' clause on Colback

JACK Colback could be instantly recalled by Sunderland if the Black Cats' injury crisis continues.This is despite a deal being agreed between both clubs for the 20-year-old to extend his stay at Portman Road until the end of the season.

Elvin King

JACK Colback could be instantly recalled by Sunderland if the Black Cats' injury crisis continues.

This is despite a deal being agreed between both clubs for the 20-year-old to extend his stay at Portman Road until the end of the season.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is happy for the midfielder to stay and play in the Championship with Town.


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But he explained: “We have the capacity to recall Jack very quickly because he is on a youth loan and with youth loans you have the power of instant recall.

“But I've said before that the best place for him this season is learning his trade playing regularly for a Championship side.”

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Colback has been freed by Bruce to play for Town in the FA Cup and he will be in Keane's squad for today's third round game at Blackpool (kick-off 3pm).

Ironically, Colback would have played for Sunderland against Barrow today as they have nine players unavailable through injury.

He would almost certainly have been involved in last Monday's league game against Blackburn Rovers when David Meyler was handed his debut and three other young players named on the bench.

Bruce is keen for Colback to continue his football education under his former Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane and will do all he can to resist the temptation to recall the youngster.

He added: “We have the option of recall, but for the moment, we'll look to leave Jack where he is.”

Keane has been pleased with Colback's contribution and is happy to have the loan extended.

“I spoke to Brucey on Wednesday and the new deal's been sorted. Jack's hopefully here until the end of the season.

“Brucey knows that Jack is getting games and some good experience here. Jack's plugged into what we're about. Jack's a good player and a good lad.

“He's a chance of being a top player.”

Colback is more than happy to stay with Ipswich, but Bruce sees last season's FA Youth Cup semi-finalists captain becoming a member of his first team squad next season.

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