Leeds United: Only Austin left out of Neil’s original buys

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The severance of David Norris’ Leeds United contract on Monday left Rodolph Austin as the only surviving member of the group of signings brought to Elland Road by Neil Warnock in the summer of 2012.

Warnock reshaped United’s squad in the first transfer window after his appointment as manager, bringing 11 players to Leeds including four from Portsmouth.

Norris was one of the signings taken from Fratton Park at a time when Portsmouth were suffering from financial problems and desperate for money.

Leeds tied the midfielder to a three-year contract but after playing 34 times in his first season with the club, he drifted out of favour under Warnock’s successor Brian McDermott and featured only once last term.

His outing in a League Cup defeat to Bradford City in August – an opportunity given to him by former head coach David Hockaday – was Norris’ only appearance this term and Leeds terminated his deal by mutual consent six months ahead of schedule on Monday night.

Warnock’s other recruits in 2012 – Luke Varney, Jamie Ashdown, Adam Drury, Andy Gray, Paul Green, Lee Peltier, Paddy Kenny, Jason Pearce and El-Hadji Diouf – have also moved on.

Stephen Warnock’s transfer to Derby County last month, meanwhile, means Austin and Steve Morison are the only Neil Warnock signings remaining at Elland Road.

Austin – a £300,000 recruit from SK Brann – is contracted to Leeds until the end of this summer while Morison has a further 18 months left on his deal.

Morison joined Leeds from Norwich City in a swap deal involving Luciano Becchio in January 2013.

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