Barry Douglas: I signed for Leeds and never looked back

Leeds United defender Barry Douglas sits down to answer your question!

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"\u003Cp\u003EAs part of Deliveroo\u0027s new series #Ask, fans were asked to put forward their questions for Leeds United defender Barry Douglas. We caught up with the man himself, and he answered as many as possible over 20 minutes.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003ERead some of his answers below, or watch the full episode now:\u003C/p\u003E""\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EHow are you finding lockdown?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003ETo be fair we\u0027ve stuck to a routine so obviously we have our individual programmes that the club has been sending us, so we\u0027ve been doing that daily. Then, after that I\u0027ve been trying to do a bit of yoga to keep loose, bit of meditation, and then a million jigsaws with Kaidyn. So yeah, we\u0027ve been kept quite busy.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EIf you weren\u0027t a footballer, what would you be doing instead?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003ETricky question. I do have my refrigeration and engineering papers, so possible could have kept with that. It was a good trade, hard, but good money to be made.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003ERefrigeration engineering? How did that come about?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI knew a guy through football who was the boss of a company that specialised in that and I got in touch with him. I was playing football part-time and never really saw it going into a career, so my grandpa was always saying to me to make sure I had a trade that I could fall back onto if football doesn\u0027t work out. I did that for three years, so I was kind of lucky in a sense that I went professional football when I was 18 or 19, which was quite late. I had good guidance from my grandpa.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EHow did you end up in Poland?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EThe opportunity just arose. I was coming to the end of my contract with Dundee United, we had been speaking about a new contract and then interest came from Lech Poznan. To be honest I never really knew anything about them or Polish football, but I went over to see the place with my agent, kept an open mind and the facilities were incredible. No disrespect to Dundee United but the facilities were far superior, so it was really appealing to go give that a try and experience a new culture, a new league, a new lifestyle. Thankfully it was a successful time.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EYou then played for Konyaspor, what was that like as an experience?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EYeah, one extreme to another. Again, there was interest and I think at that point my mindset was really about trying new things, staying out of my comfort zone. I could have gone back to the UK, Scotland, England, but we fancied something different and after going out to see the place, the project was appealing, different club, different ambitions, different challenge, and again it was another successful time, managing to be part of their history. It was a great life experience as well as football experience.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EDo you think more British players should play abroad?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EIf the opportunity arose, yeah absolutely. I don\u0027t think it\u0027s as easy nowadays because the chances don\u0027t happen as often as you\u0027d like, but if you\u0027re looking for a different challenge, then yeah 100% recommend trying it. You\u0027re only going to grow, even if it doesn\u0027t work out, you\u0027re going to experience new lifestyles, cultures, languages, so it\u0027ll stand you in good stead. There\u0027s not many Glaswegian boys who can speak Polish and Turkish.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EFavourite takeaway?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EProbably when I go to visit the family back up Scotland, my go to is a chippy. I need to get a fish and chips, they\u0027re just not the same in England as they are in Scotland. Maybe in Scotland it\u0027s more grease, more fried, but I always look forward to one of them when I go back home.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EHow did your move to Leeds come about?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EVery fast to be honest. I started pre-season with Wolves, there was a lot happening with it being on the back of winning the Championship, a crazy summer with the birth of Kaidyn, so it was all go. Nuno came and spoke to me, said this is the plan for the club moving forward, we\u0027ve had an offer from Leeds, we\u0027re going to accept it, but ultimately it\u0027s up to you. I had to quickly make the decision, signed for Leeds and never looked back. It was a really big ambitious project, and another chance to hopefully go on and achieve success. If it wasn\u0027t for the pandemic, who knows what we would be doing right now but hopefully we can take up where we left off.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EBest stadium you\u0027ve played in?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EObviously I need to say Elland Road for the atmosphere and the fans. Beyond that, I think Besiktas had a really hostile but nice modern stadium. I buzzed off the hostility, and it holds good memories.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EWhich teammate would you trust most to babysit?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EGood question! From this Leeds squad, there\u0027s a number of us, it\u0027s big daddy day care, we\u0027ve all seemed to have kids at the same age, so I think we\u0027re all on the same level when it comes to looking after the kids. I could tell you who I wouldn\u0027t want to leave it with, not on bad terms, but probably G (Alioski), because if I left my kid with him for an hour, he\u0027d come back an absolute terror full of energy.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EWho would you choose to do an escape room with and why?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI\u0027d probably say Pat, he\u0027s quite knowledgeable. Saying that his common sense is non-existant but he\u0027s very knowledgeable so he could be clever in the escape room. Adz (Forshaw) is quite clever as well, Ben White absolutely not, one million per cent not, you\u0027d be stuck in there for weeks. Fantastic football player but zero common sense. Who else? Pablo is quite clever I would imagine, probably most of the senior guys, Luke, Stu. If you want entertainment take Alioski in there, you wouldn\u0027t get out, but he\u0027d keep you entertained.\u00A0\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EFavourite team growing up?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EI grew up watching Rangers, my family was from Pollock, which is five minutes from there. My uncle also lived in London, so when I went down to visit, he stayed two minutes from Highbury, and we went to a few games there. So Arsenal were probably the first English team I liked growing up, and I always remember talking to Ian Wright.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EFavourite player growing up?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EMy favourite was probably Brian Laudrup. He just dazzled players with the ball, and I think that is what made me love football, just seeing his skills and the way he played. I think that generation at Rangers were amazing, \u003Cspan\u003EJ\u00F6rg Albertz\u003C/span\u003E\uFEFF, Paul Gascoigne came, so there was some great players to look up at and aspire to be like.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EWhat do you love most about Scotland?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EIrn Bru! Irn Bru is probably my favourite. Obviously friends and family are there, it\u0027s home, but as a material, probably Irn Bru is my favourite thing about Scotland?\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EDo you like haggis?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EYeah, along with Irn Bru it\u0027s another tremendous thing to come from Scotland\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EFavourite film?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EYeah I\u0027ve got a few. Will Smith makes it into a few of them, Pursuit of Hapiness, Seven Pounds. I think my favourite though is Man on Fire with Denzel Washington, I love that film and if I\u0027m struggling for something to watch, it\u0027s always the go to.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EWho enjoys Rhythm Time more? You or Kaidyn?\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EHaha it varies depending on what kind of mood he\u0027s in, but again we\u0027ve stuck to it as part of our daily routine. I think it is brilliant to get that family time between the three of us to bond, have a bit of enjoyment and just forget about everything that\u0027s gone on with the outside world. So I\u0027d say it\u0027s probably equal because I enjoy it just as much as he does.\u003C/p\u003E"

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