Former Dundee United left-back Barry Douglas is keen to play every week for Lech Poznan after leaving behind a ‘rigorous regime’ at Leeds United.
The defender left Dundee United in 2013 for Lech Poznan and moves back to Poland following the expiry of his Leeds United contract. He spent last season out on loan at Blackburn Rovers, coming off the back of fitness issues at Elland Road.
Douglas says he’s fully fit after a testing spell with Leeds United and that becoming a regular feature for Poznan is his aim (SM): “I want to play every week and feel relied on. I did feel as if I’d lost that a little bit. That ’s why I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself abroad again. This seemed like the perfect move, in that sense.
“And, listen, I’ve always had belief in my ability. The hunger and motivation within me is still there. I know I can still produce. I just needed the opportunity to put those kinds of demands on myself again. That’s why I wanted to move on from England again. I kind of felt comfortable in the UK – and I don’t want that.
“I want to challenge for honours again and to get into that winning habit again because it’s so contagious. I’d love to try and help the team here win something. But I just want to play injury free. At Leeds I kept breaking down, maybe because of the rigorous regime there.
“But I got over a mental hurdle last year by playing in every game when I was available to play. Physically, I feel good and ready for this. I’m grateful for the opportunity and when you get it you have to experience it. You might never get it again.”
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