QPR signs former Nottingham midfielder Colback

Loftus Road, Queens Park Rangers.
Loftus Road, Queens Park Rangers. Photo by Shutterstock.

Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the signing of 33-year-old midfielder Jack Colback on a free transfer.

Colback completed the move following the expiry of his contract with Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest.

Colback has signed a two-year contract, with the club having a further year’s option.

“I’m happy and excited to get going,” he told QPR’s official website. “It will be nice to get the training kit on and get out there with the lads.

“I’m excited to be part of what the manager wants to do here. It was an easy decision.”

Colback has previously had spells with Sunderland, Ipswich and Newcastle and brings a lot of experience to Loftus Road.

“This is a tough league, it’s relentless,” Colback continued. “I am well used to that and prepared for it. 

“Success in this division takes a lot of work, you have to be ready to do the ugly side of the game. That’s the difference between the two levels in terms of the Championship and the Premier League. 

“There’s a difference in terms of the tactics, too. In this division you will come up against teams who want to play football a lot, and you will come up against teams who will be in your face and more direct, which is something you don’t get as much in the Premier League.”

Colback added: “You have to be ready for the fight, and if you’re not ready you will be left behind.  

“I will bring 100% effort. I feel I have done that wherever I have been. I will bring experience, a calmness on the pitch, a confidence and a leadership. 

“What fans want is the players to turn up and give 100% for the shirt. You have to have a pride in what you do, individually and for the team and the fans you’re representing. I have always had self-pride in terms of that.”

QPR manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “I am really pleased to bring Jack in. He is a great player and he had one or two other suitors but he chose QPR because he wants to buy into what we are trying to do here, which is great.   

“He will add energy and experience to us. He has got quality on the ball, but he has tenacity off it and a winning mentality, which will hopefully be contagious.”