Matt Smith reacts on Twitter to Rudy Austin news, Leeds fans respond

The former Leeds striker is 'gutted' for the midfielder after he was refused a work permit.

Matt Smith has expressed his support for former Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin on Twitter after news broke last week that the 30-year-old won't be allowed to join Sheffield Wednesday after being refused a work permit.

Indeed, according to the Star among others, Austin was targeted by Wednesday but will not be able to join the Owls despite having lived and played in the UK for three years.

New FA rules have prevented Austin's move and there are suggestions the same ruling would have applied had Leeds decided to offer the midfielder a new contract instead of releasing him last summer.

Smith, meanwhile, a former team-mate of Austin's, says he is gutted for the Jamaica skipper, praising the 'true gent' on social media.

And Leeds United supporters were keen to respond on Twitter, also showing their support for the 30-year-old.

It still seems as though a large number of Leeds fans are indeed pleased with the decision to release Austin but, as can be seen, several wish he could have remained at Elland Road.

And, regardless of his future at Leeds, the majority of supporters sympathise with his work permit situation.

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