The final depature? Jonathan Douglas set to join Brentford

Since our relegation was confirmed back in April we all hoped one player would stay a Robin and guide Swindon back up to League One at the first attempt. However finally today after so many positive noises from Douglas’ agent, we all got the answer, the answer we deep down knew was always coming, Jonathan Douglas will not be renewing his Swindon contract and looks set to join Brentford.

What has been surprising for me has been the time taken to this conclusion.

Douglas is evidently a quality player, albeit floundering like the rest of the squad last season, he would’ve been a fantastic leading force for Swindon in League Two. But that’s the point. He always knew he could continue to play at a higher level like Cuthbert, Jean-Francois, Sheehan and the rest, so he couldn’t help putting his name out there to potential suitors.

Obviously Douglas would’ve kept Town holding on for as long as possible just in case he couldn’t secure himself a new deal elsewhere. But given his experience and reputation, I’m aghast it’s taken until the end of June and he hasn’t been snapped up sooner. Also in terms of Brentford as his destination, it’s logical in terms of Douglas’ desire to stay relatively close to home, however I think it’s a big coup for Uwe Rosler’s side.

In the end I’d rather Douglas leave.

I don’t want anyone who looks over their shoulder at what’s available elsewhere instead of jumping to play for Town. His delaying tactics ultimately place further pressure on Paolo Di Canio to reinforce the midfield, when time is at a premium as the players report back for duty later this week.

Whether Douglas’ departure will have the same effect as when Greer left I certainly hope not. What is different is that Greer left later in pre-season and Wilson was blind to his value. Now with Town dropping down a division, time still available for signings and Ferry, Timlin and Smith available in the centre of midfield, this loss shouldn’t be as drastic for us as a year ago, only time will tell…

Hopefully Douglas will be our final departure and Town can hold onto Caddis and Ferry to build around a successful promotion winning team.

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