Leeds United: Ex-Whites skipper joins Brondby

Rudy Austin (right)
Rudy Austin (right)
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Former Leeds United captain Rodolph Austin has signed for Danish club Brondby after being denied the chance to remain in English football.

Austin, who was released by Leeds at the end of his contract in May, saw a proposed move to Sheffield Wednesday collapse earlier this summer following changes to the rules on UK work permits.

The Jamaican international fell foul of new Football Association regulations which state that non-European Union players must have represented a country in FIFA’s top 50 rankings for the past two years.

Jamaica fell below that mark and Austin was warned that he would not qualify for a permit, despite playing more than 100 times for Leeds in the aftermath of his move to Elland Road from Norwegian club SK Brann in 2012.

The 30-year-old was on the verge of sealing a contract at Hillsborough but has now been forced to move abroad. A petition set up to support his claim for a work permit failed to exert any pressure on the authorities.

Austin has signed a two-year deal with Brondby, though the transfer is still subject to a work permit application in Denmark.

A statement from Brondby said that Austin “can only begin training with his new team-mates when this has fallen into place.”