It's only been three days since Jonathan Douglas switched from Brentford to Ipswich Town, and the midfielder could be set to face his former club in Match Round 1 of the Sky Bet Championship.No sooner has the 33-year-old departed Griffin Park than he could find himself back playing there this Saturday, against the club he captained to the Play-Off semi-finals last term.
He was a key figure in the Bees' march to the top six, appearing 46 times and scoring eight goals. His new venture now begins with Ipswich, who also made the Championship Play-Off places in the last campaign, falling at the same hurdle as Brentford.
His potential reunion comes just six days after Petr Cech made his Arsenal debut against former club Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Douglas is well travelled in The Football League, having donned the colours of both Leeds United and Swindon Town in previous seasons, and insists his latest move was a no-brainer, as he jumped at the chance to work with Tractor Boys’ boss Mick McCarthy.
“When a club like Ipswich comes in for you then you have to take notice and the gaffer didn’t really have to persuade me to come, it was a no brainer,” he told the club’s official site after signing his contract.
“I’ve known the gaffer for a few years, from speaking to him on and off and playing against his sides over the years.
August 4, 2015“I think he actually tried to sign me before when I was at Leeds so I’m delighted to finally get the chance to play under him and I can’t wait to get started.
“Ipswich is a huge club and there’s a good squad here. The boys went close last season by getting to the Play-Offs and hopefully we can go one better this time around.”
Ipswich have a strong record in league meetings against Brentford; losing only once, in their first ever clash back in 1955.
You can follow Douglas’ progress should he start for Ipswich against Brentford this weekend by following the Sky Bet Championship Twitter feed - @SkyBetChamp.