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Leeds boss Redfearn twice dodges questions over contract renewal for midfielder Rodolph Austin

Are Rodolph Austin's days at Leeds United numbered?

After a poor display at Derby, Rodolph Austin may have been fortunate to keep his place for Leeds United's FA Cup game.

Yet the Jamaican midfielder bounced back well, performing with tenacity in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Premier League side Sunderland.

Austin has been linked with a move away from Leeds in recent weeks, first to Brighton and Hove Albion, and then it was Millwall suggested as a destination.

Leeds may have to bring in another midfielder on loan to sanction his departure, but with his contract up at the end of the season, Austin's future is unclear.

Head coach Neil Redfearn was asked following the FA Cup loss as to whether Austin's display was enough to earn him a new deal, and dodged the question, responding to discuss the group of changes he made, mentioning the midfielder afterwards.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I think what they've done is pushed their faces into the team, shown that on their day, they've just dominated a Premier League side as regards possession, aggression and tempo. We made it a cup tie. Rudy played his part in that."

Pushed again as to what the game meant for Austin's future, Redfearn again shied away from the topic at hand, responding cryptically:

"I think we've got to make sure that we've settled. We've got to freshen it up. We've had a little bit of renaissance with a diamond, then we needed some results. If players coming in is the change, fresh faces, then so be it."

His non-committal responses add weight to suggestions Leeds are open to offers for the midfielder, and won't be renewing his deal as a kneejerk response to one game.

In one way his display may actually help them move Austin on, in terms of attracting interest and ensuring they get a fair price.

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