Ex-Leeds midfielder opens up on Elland Road exit ahead of weekend reunion

Griffin Park interior, Brentford

Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas left Leeds United for Swindon Town in 2009, and has finally opened up on his controversial exit.

Since the departure of manager Dave Hockaday, the attention at Elland Road has been firmly focused on finding a new man to take charge of the club. Despite the likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Alejandro Sabella being linked with returns to the club, owner Massimo Cellino chose to appoint former Slovenian international Darko Milanic as the club's new manager, with the 46-year-old arriving from Austrian side Sturm Graz.

The constant furore over the potential new manager means that the recent impressive form under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has slipped somewhat under the radar, but it's back to the pitch on Saturday as Leeds travel to London to face Brentford at Griffin Park.

The meeting of the two sides this weekend sees midfielder Jonathan Douglas face his former club. The 32-year-old joined Leeds from Blackburn Rovers back in 2005, and spent four years at the club before being let go on a free transfer, leading Douglas to Swindon Town before joining Brentford in 2011.

After well over 100 appearances for the Bees, Douglas is an integral part of the Brentford midfield with his tough tackling, and whilst Leeds must account for him on Saturday, the former Republic of Ireland international revealed he wants to beat his former club after an acrimonious exit from Elland Road.

"I had four good years at Leeds and loved every minute," he said. "I didn't want to leave, but one day I was told there was a new contract on the table for me, and 24 hours later it had been taken away and I had to find another club."

"It was a sad way to end it, but I don't think I've got a point to prove to Leeds, it was just the manager's opinion at the time. They are a still a top club and I am just looking forward to playing against them."

"There would be no better feeling than to beat them, but that's only because we desperately need the three points. That's all it is for about for me, just getting the points," added Douglas.

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