Petition to grant Rudy Austin a work permit reaches over 5,500 signatures

The released Leeds midfielder, who was denied a move to Sheffield Wednesday by the FA, has been the subject of heavy online support.

The support for released Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin hasn't desisted since news broke that the 30-year-old has been denied a work permit after his proposed move to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Guardian among others reported that the Jamaica captain has been denied a permit by the FA, a decision that may have also affected his Leeds future had the Yorkshire side decided to extend his contract at Elland Road.

In response, Keith Jones has started a petition to grant the former Sheffield Wednesday target a work permit and it has received over 5,500 signatures.

Here is the link for all things Austin: Petition to grant midfielder work permit in England.

Former Leeds striker Matt Smith recently expressed his support for the Jamaica midfielder, with supporters getting behind the 30-year-old on Twitter, as well. The petition has been signed across the world (which you can sign too, should you wish to support the cause), with plenty of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday fans also offering their backing.

Here's a selection of the comments left by the thousands so far to have signed. Is it unfair that Austin isn't being allowed to work back in England?

'I am signing because with his talent he should be allowed to play for the club and fulfill his contract and plus he has a child here and denying him to work how will he support his family'

'I wish Ruldolph Austin to remain in this country for his kids and family and to sign for sheffield wednesday football club'

'Rudolph Austin is a very talented, responsible, mature, driven, family-oriented professional. He has made positive contribution to the sports of football and should be allowed the opportunity to raise his son in the country of birth. He also has many fans across the UK. He has truly enriched their lives by being a part of the sports fratenity. Give him a chance'

'He's got a kid who was born in the UK & played for leeds for many seasons in the UK. He has every right to play for Sheffield Wednesday'

'I am signing because the is a very hard working person and individual player. Who has been an excellent role model while at leeds fc'

'I'm signing because I think the player has earned the right to have a second stint in the UK based on how he acquitted himself at Leeds and shouldn't punished based on the shortcomings of the Jamaican football programs as a whole over the last 3 years.'

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch