PHOTO: Opinion-splitting midfielder joins Leeds' training camp

Leeds Players Warm Up

Rodolph Austin was snapped yesterday training in Italy with the Leeds United squad after a prolonged lay-off.

Dave Hockaday was yesterday boosted by the return of Jamaica captain Rodolph Austin as he put Leeds United through their paces in preparation for their first pre-season match against local side FC Gherdeina on Thursday.

''We are delighted that Rudy has joined us,' Hockaday told the club's official site.

''He wasn't able to travel with us but we have managed to get him over.

''He got a great welcome from the players and staff because he is very popular and important member of our playing staff.

''He is now here and has trained and it is as if he has never been away.''

The former captain's return, however, left Leeds fans discussing whether his return was either a good thing or a bad thing, following his performances last season.

In response to the image on Twitter, a number of Leeds fans had their say on why his return was both bad and good. Although, to be honest, the majority of supporters suggesting it was a bad thing.





Want-away striker Ross McCormack replaced Austin as Leeds United captain in January this year following a number of disappointing displays and mounting pressure on the Jamaican international.

''I want Rudy to play his game,'' said McDermott on his decision to change the captaincy.

''He feels his personality isn't conductive to that role. You can see his leadership qualities in the way he plays and tracks back. Leeds United means so much for him.

''I just want to take the pressure away and I want him to play the way he wants with freedom.''

The Leeds fans were delighted to see McCormack handed the captaincy over Austin in January, but it is fair to say the latter's performances did not improve too much after he handed the captaincy over either. In fact, some people would argue they declined even further. 

Nevertheless, Hockaday's statement regarding the midfielder's return indicated that he may have a big part to play this season. And who knows, with McCormack having one foot out the door, he may even be reinstated as Leeds' captain.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch