Leeds United yesterday finalised the loan move of Barry Douglas to Blackburn Rovers, with it now very likely the Scottish defender has played his final game for the West Yorkshire side.
Douglas is out of contract next summer so it appears his time at Elland Road is up.
A universally popular figure at the club, Douglas decided he wanted to move on for more guaranteed playing time. His popularity was made clear by an emotional goodbye message Victor Orta posted online yesterday and his presence will be missed at Thorp Arch.
But Douglas himself must be having a serious case of deja-vu.
This is now the second time he has helped a side to promotion to the Premier League but not got the chance to make an impact at that level.
Leeds snapped up Douglas from Wolves in 2018 in what was a surprise coup, considering how important Douglas had been to Wolves’ promotion campaign.
But the Molineux club decided to go with other options in the Premier League and Douglas moved on.
Now, his impact at Leeds was minimal in comparison, due to an unfortunate run of injuries, but yet again promotion has been followed by a departure.
The only positive to take would be from a Blackburn Rovers perspective, as Douglas clearly tends to lead toward Premier League football. He will just be hoping, should he help toward an Ewood Park return to the top-flight, that he earns himself a permanent move and, finally, a crack at the top-flight.