Head coach Steve Cooper believes encouraging his Nottingham Forest players to speak their minds can be a “powerful” tool in his team’s promotion campaign.
And midfielder Jack Colback is one of those whose voice carries special weight, because of the experience he can draw on. Such skill and craftsmanship could prove vital in the final weeks of the season.
Colback went from struggling to get a look under former boss Chris Hughton to being nearly ubiquitous under Cooper. His ability to replace left-back has been crucial as the Reds find themselves without Max Lowe again through injury.
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But it wasn’t just the 32-year-old’s excellent performances in games that impressed his manager. The former Newcastle United man, who has played in the top flight before, also has a strong presence off the pitch.
“Jack is a great team player. He has good experience. He has good leadership,” Cooper said. training when we do a variety of exercises that are not too positional.
“He is always a good contributor to smooth workouts. He’s just a good footballer.
“He not only brings what he does as a player to the table, he also helps the younger people in and around the team. And I don’t just mean on the pitch, I mean in and around the training ground.
“He is very vocal in meetings. He’s a good guy. It is visible everywhere.
“But at the same time there’s a really good, no-nonsense approach to the game. And he’s willing to share what he thinks.
“For me personally, I really like it. I want everyone to have a point of view and an opinion, but certainly those who have already been around the neighborhood to share what they may feel. Sometimes it doesn’t There is nothing more powerful than a player who speaks, because they are the ones on the field playing, seeing it and feeling it.
“I’m very happy with Jack, on and off the pitch. But like everyone else, the goal is not just to keep going, but to keep improving.