The midfielder ended a nightmare season with the Magpies when he joined Nottingham Forest on loan last month. Last summer, he was banished to the train with the U23's and had not made a single first-team appearance this term.
"It's been difficult. I think there's ways that things can be managed, and to be honest there's been no respect whatsoever shown my way, but that's the game I suppose," said Colback.
"I've had to keep my head down, I've had to work hard for myself, I've done that and I'm thankful the manager here at Forest has given me the chance.
"I'm not sure [why I wasn't given respect], I'm not the one who should be answering that - you'll have to ask the boss back home.
"But it's one of them things. I'm big enough not to be too upset about it, I've been in the game a long time and seen a lot of things.
"I think the disappointing thing is the way it's been dealt with. I've been treated like a number more than a human being.
"But there's nothing I can do about that, he made his choice and I'm not really looking back at that one.
"There's nothing I think I could have done differently. It was his choice, he said he had too many numbers, I was named in the squad of 25 but still couldn't manage to train with the first team, and that's the way it goes."