Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the club was right to keep hold of midfielder Rodolph Austin on deadline day amid interest from Wigan Athletic.
Wigan managed to tie up a deal for Leeds defender Jason Pearce on the final day of the transfer window, and wanted to bring his team mate Austin to the DW Stadium too.
Sky Sports initially reported that the Latics had agreed a fee of £500,000 for the Jamaican international, only for Leeds to hang onto Austin as the deadline passed.
The 29-year-old has been an ever-present in the Leeds side over the last month, and his return to the team has coincided with an upturn in form.
It's therefore little surprise that Redfearn wanted to keep Austin at Elland Road, and he told the Yorkshire Evening Post that after a conversation with new Leeds chairman Andrew Umbers, the club made the right decision in keeping Austin.
"Personally I felt we had to keep him and I made that view clear. I spoke to Umbers and to Rudy himself and they knew what I thought about it. I didn’t want him to leave," admitted Redfearn.
"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," he added.
The recent addition of Granddi Ngoyi could have pushed Austin out of the side, but Redfearn appears intent on using them together in midfield in the coming weeks given these comments about Austin.