An interesting summer awaits Barry Douglas, after he confirmed that he would not be completing a permanent move to Blackburn Rovers. Posting on Instagram on Sunday, the left-footed set-piece specialist stated he would be leaving Tony Mowbray’s side after all 46 Championship fixtures had been played – and it means the Scottish defender will return to Leeds, at least for the next few weeks.
Douglas, 31, went on loan to Blackburn last summer having fallen down the pecking order at Leeds. Stuart Dallas began the season at left-back and Gjanni Alioski his cover – and Alioski has since come in, with Dallas playing basically every other position on the park. Leif Davis has done well for the 23’s, and that saw Douglas choose to leave Elland Road. Intriguingly, he left on a season-long loan – with the belief he would sign permanently.
But after his 32 appearances for Blackburn, Douglas has confirmed that he will not be signing a permanent deal at Ewood Park with a post on Twitter. It means that Douglas will return to Leeds from Blackburn until the end of his contract – where he still has the best part of two months left to run. He will, of course, be ineligible to play – but the summer presents an interesting decision to be made by Douglas.
One club’s supporters are desperate to help Douglas make that decision, though. Douglas spent two and a half years in Poland with Lech Poznan where he boasted some excellent numbers – having a hand in 26 goals during 75 appearances. He scored five goals and laid on 21 assists, and plenty of supporters from the Polish side have responded to the player’s Tweet – urging him to return to the European club this summer.