Leeds want to sign an experienced Championship midfielder, so why did they release Rudy Austin?

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Leeds United confirmed that Rodolph Austin will leave the club at the end of his contract.

It was confirmed by the Yorkshire Evening Post that Austin will leave the club this summer, with his Leeds contract expiring.

The 29-year-old Jamaican international arrived at the club in 2012, signing from SK Brann in Norway. Due to the make-up of the current Leeds squad, he is something of a veteran in the side, with 112 appearances to his name.

Neil Redfearn admitted earlier this season that he would be surprised if Austin was not offered a new deal past the end of this campaign, and said that he would ‘definitely’ keep the midfielder at the club as he epitomises the Championship.

It is this need for experienced Championship players that Redfearn spoke consistently of, and there is proof that having players aware of the division is a key factor in securing promotion.

This season, Watford signed Ben Watson from Wigan to truly kick-start their push to second place, whilst league winners Bournemouth secured a late season loan for Kenwyne Jones that carried them over the line into the top flight.

Austin was the one player in the Leeds squad who represented this, but he has now gone.

In essence, the Whites have sold the Neil Redfearn favourite, who represented the kind of player they want to target this summer, if winning promotion to the Premier League is their main aim.

It seems a strange decision to make, and even though Austin is not the most talented player, he has the experience and knowhow about him to lead his team to victory in a very unforgiving division.

The club management have made their choice, and clearly they feel Austin does not have enough about him to deserve a new deal at the club. However, on past experience of the league, it could be a decision that comes back to haunt Leeds by next season.

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