Jamaica int’l Austin, Leeds United part ways

(ABOVE) Rodolph Austin (yellow jersey) has more than 70 caps for Jamaica.

LEEDS, England -- Jamaica international Rodolph Austin is on the move, following his release by Leeds United on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old was one of nine players let go by the club, which posted a 15th place finish in the recently concluded English Championship regular season.

“The club would like to thank all of the players moving on for their contributions here and wish them well for the future,” a Leeds statement said.

Austin, who captured MVP honors while captaining the Reggae Boyz to the 2014 Caribbean Cup title, quickly became a favorite at Leeds after joining from Norwegian side SK Brann for a fee of £300 000 in 2012.  He went on to make over 100 appearances.

During his time at Elland Road, Austin netted ten times in all competitions, including three during the past campaign.  His last goal came in February during a 3-2 defeat to Watford.

Already this year, he has been linked to several clubs, including Championship outfits Bolton Wanderers, Millwall and Brighton.  Wigan also tried to sign the midfielder last January, but failed in that bid.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn said recently he was not surprised by the attention Austin had attracted.

“He epitomizes this level. I don’t think it’s a big surprise that a lot of Championship clubs wanted him,” Redfearn commented.

Austin has enjoyed a sterling international career, capturing three Caribbean Cup crowns with Jamaica – in 2008, 2010 and 2014.  He was also named MVP in the 2010 tournament.

The Jamaicans are scheduled to compete in the Copa America (June 11 – July 4, 2015, in Chile) and the CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-26, 2015, in the USA and Canada).