Barry Douglas completed a season-long loan move to Championship side Blackburn Rovers on deadline day in a deal that will see the Scottish left-back end his spell with Leeds United – as his Whites contract expires next summer.
Douglas, 31, only joined Leeds in the summer of 2018 but numerous injuries and a lack of momentum saw him clock up just 44 appearances. He has now left the club, amid an emotional outpour of messages on social media.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 16, 2020
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Douglas Instagram farewell
Upon a deal being confirmed, which will see Douglas join manager Tony Mowbray and former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson, Douglas took to his own Instagram page to write a long-winded farewell to the Yorkshire club.
Despite only spending two years at Leeds, it is clear that he had an effect on the squad – and was evidently a huge part of the dressing room. Describing his two-year stay, Douglas says he would need to write a book to include everything.
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Where to begin 🤷🏼♂️ I honestly would need to write a book to sum up these past 2 years, it has been an emotional rollercoaster from the beginning. From the deepest of lows having a season ending injury in my first year to the play offs drama, the second season is a story of a lifetime. The feelings of belief to then be halted by the COVID pandemic. Football was put on hold and all of a sudden it was a different challenge for everyone and seeing how everyone rallied together to help each other out in a time of need , it was truly inspiring and I took great strength from this first and foremost it’s about being good humans 💙 thankfully there was a happy ending this time and promotion was achieved, I’m grateful and thankful to have been a part of this moment in the clubs history. I can only imagine the scenes if we would have been able to enjoy it with our amazing fans. You guys and girls are a different breed and it’s been a pleasure to wear the shirt 🙏🏼 sometimes in football things don’t always go to plan for whatever reasons and this is life. The players and hardworking staff deserve immense credit because I know first hand how physically and mentally demanding it is behind closed doors and how humble and hardworking the boys are is why it worked 💙 I’ll miss everyone, there’s far too many people to mention but on behalf of me and my beautiful family I want to say thank you for the journey and memories, much love Champ Champ 💙 #MOT
Leeds players new and old responded to Douglas’ move on his posts, such is the player’s character and ability to seemingly get on with anyone. The likes of Gaetano Berardi, Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez all had something to say.
For non-Leeds players, Whites icon Robert Snodgrass was amongst those to wish the one-time Scotland man good luck at Ewood Park. As was Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, and Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.
Welcome message from Johnson
Johnson, as aforementioned, played for Leeds 137 times during a three-and-a-half-year spell before eventually leaving to join Norwich City in 2011. Now at Blackburn, he posted on his story as he looks set to link up with Douglas.