Former Leeds captain says he should have quit Leeds sooner.
The midfielder was released this summer, and is currently searching for a club.
This has been delayed by his international commitments at the Copa American and the Gold Cup.
Austin claims, according to BT, he was not given a reason Leeds for his release.
The former club captain believes he should have taken the opportunity to quit the club in January when he had the chance.
He told BT: "I am grateful that I got to be in Leeds, and I have nothing bad to say about the team, but I should have left them in January. But this is football."
Wigan Athletic attempted to sign Austin mid-season, but then Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn vehemently resisted their approach, declaring him not for sale, reported SkySports.
Redfearn was replaced this summer by Uwe Rosler.
Wigan were relegated, and while they may not have been Austin's only offer, if he did have a contract he would at least have had peace of mind this summer and not had to play his international fixtures worrying about his future in the case of injury.