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A Neil Warnock addition in 2012, 112 Leeds United appearances – Where is he now?



They might be flying in the Sky Bet Championship now under Marcelo Bielsa, but for long periods Leeds United have been languishing in the Football League with little to be cheerful about.  

Leeds, since relegation from the Premier League in 2004, have had a huge turnover of players, which makes them the perfect candidates to kick-off our ‘Where is he now?’ series.

Rodolph Austin is the man under our spotlight today, as we take a look at the path the Jamaican midfielder has taken since he headed for the exit door at Elland Road.

Signed in 2012, Neil Warnock splashed between £200-300k on Austin, according to the Yorkshire Post.

From there, Austin would go on to make 112 appearances for the Whites over the course of three seasons, scoring 10 goals and assisting five more.

Amongst those goals were memorable strikes against Watford and Reading, whilst Brian McDermott even appointed Austin as club captain during the 2013/14 campaign.

However, as his influence waned in 2015 and Leeds struggled in mid-table, Austin was released and looked destined for Sheffield Wednesday.

A move to Hillsborough never materialised due to work permit issues, which meant Austin headed for the Danish leagues.

Brondby was Austin’s first destination, with the midfielder making 40 appearances and scoring two goals between 2015 and 2017.

Such was his impact on Danish football, a move to Esbjerg materialised, with Austin spending the last two years at the club and making 32 appearances, which have brought four goals.

Last year, he helped them to a third place finish, which offered them a route into this year’s Europa League.

Unfortunately for Esbjerg and Austin that dream came crashing down to earth in early August, as they suffered a 2-0 aggregate defeat to Shakhtyor.

The damage was done in the first-leg, which the 34-year-old featured in from the bench, before Austin helped his side to a goalless draw in the return clash.

Since then, attention has turned back to the Danish league, with Austin sent-off in his last outing – a 3-0 defeat to Randers Freja – following two bookable offences.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: A Neil Warnock addition in 2012, 112 Leeds United appearances – Where is he now?

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