The former Leeds striker is 'gutted' for the midfielder after he was refused a work permit.
Gutted for Rudy! A true gent who perfectly embodies the passion that underpins English football. All the best bro pic.twitter.com/jju5m3Gawo— Matt Smith (@mattjpsmith) August 2, 2015
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.
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.
@mattjpsmith it's horrible he only showed passion for our club! He's lived here for 3 years he should be able to stay!— Josh Westerman (@Joshwestylufc) August 2, 2015
@mattjpsmith majority of Leeds fans didn't want him to go anyway! Feel really sorry for the lad— Joe Wood (@Joe17Wood) August 2, 2015
@mattjpsmith fair play Matt nice to see you support your old team mate— Lucaszinho (@Beckenbamba) August 2, 2015
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.