Ex Leeds midfielder Rudolph Austin says he loved turning out at Elland Road

Elland Road Revie Stand

The Jamaican star played 31 games for Leeds United last season, before being released in the summer.

The Jamaica Observer spoke to recently departed Leeds midfielder and Reggae Boyz captain Rudolph Austin last week, with the country having competed in the Copa America tournament in Chile, and he told the publication that he was loved turning out at Elland Road.

Austin signed from Norwegian side Brann in 2012, before going on to make 112 appearances for the Whites, scoring 10 goals, and though he was released when his contract expired earlier in the summer, the supporters at the club were something that seemed to have made a lasting impression on the player.

"I was there for three years and I enjoyed it very much," Austin told the Observer. "I loved playing for the fans and loved playing for the club, it was fantastic. 

"Every away game you go the stands are full, that's the passion the club displays, the people take the football very seriously, they love the club and the atmosphere at Elland Road is always pumping.

"I remember playing Huddersfield Town, which is like a local derby, we were beating them 5-1 and you feel the stadium literally shaking with you on the pitch, so that's the kind of atmosphere."

What next for Austin?

His career in English football may not be finished yet, with the Observer going on to link the 30-year-old to several other Championship and League One clubs.

Bolton Wanderers, Millwall and Brighton were all credited in having an interest in the Jamaican international, who played every minute of his country's Copa America campaign.

Though they lost three times, Jamaica only suffered narrow defeats to the likes of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, which is some achievement for a side that has only ever qualified for one World Cup.

His powerful, destructive play could yet see him end up at Elland Road then, even if it is as an opponent rather than as a United man.

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