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.
Here is the best of it:
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.
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.