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Former Leeds player Rudy Austin denied work permit to remain in the Championship

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The former Leeds United player has faced an unexpected problem in his attempt to sign for another English side.

According to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, former Leeds United midfielder Rudy Austin has been refused a work permit to continue his career in England despite racking up 112 appearances during his time at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old Jamaica international was released by Leeds at the end of his contract but his agent has since confirmed that he cannot remain in the Championship despite plenty of interest.

In comments published by the YEP Austin’s agent said that while there were six clubs interested in signing him, the FA’s new rules on work permits for foreign players mean he will have to look elsewhere for his next club.

The news is downright ludicrous when you consider that not only has Austin played over 100 games for Leeds but he is also a regular for his country, featuring a total of 73 times for Jamaica and captaining them in the process.

There should be an element of common sense when considering such applications, especially when the player in question is not coming into the Championship from another league but has long since made England his home.

Alas, unless there is a change in the rules it seems the former Leeds player will have to look further afield for his next challenge, with the YEP suggesting he also has offers to play in Turkey and the USA.

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