Leeds United made the right decision by rejecting Wigan Athletic’s offer of £500,000 for Rodolph Austin, according to head coach Neil Redfearn.
Redfearn said the retention of Austin beyond the end of the January transfer window was the “right call”, despite the midfielder heading rapidly towards the end of his contract at Elland Road.
Austin, 29, is set to become a free agent this summer and is yet to receive the offer of a new deal from Leeds but the club rejected a six-figure offer for him from Wigan last week on the back of his surge of form in United’s midfield.
Redfearn said: “Personally I felt we had to keep him and I made that view clear. I spoke to (United chairman) Andrew Umbers and to Rudy himself and they knew what I thought about it. I didn’t want him to leave.
“To be fair to the club, they’ve stood firm and kept him here and it’s the right call. We’ve had a tough season but we’ve been better recently and he’s a big reason for the last few results. We’d have been worse off without him.”