One of Leeds United's players has been reflecting on the importance of the club's supporters.
The 29-year-old midfielder was recently presented with the club’s Goal of the Season award for his outstanding strike against Watford, and afterwards he explained that the Leeds faithful play a significant role in ensuring he always does his best.
“The fans shout my name and it gives me a bit more energy on the pitch,” the Jamaica international said. “I’m very glad I can play for them.”
With his contract expiring this summer, it will be interesting to see if Austin is offered a new deal to ensure he can continue playing in front of those same fans.
After all, he said himself that he is pleased he can play in front of such a passionate fan-base week in, week out and he has plenty still to offer.
Given his age, and the fact that Leeds’ have so many promising youngsters coming through, he could be deemed surplus to requirements. But he shouldn’t be. His experience, talent and love for the side are three big reasons to retain him.