|Full name||Rodolph William Austin|
|Date of birth||1 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Clarendon Parish, Jamaica|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Defender|
|Current club||Leeds United|
|2008–2009||→ SK Brann (loan)||8||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:13, 7 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Rodolph William Austin (born 1 June 1985) is a Jamaican footballer who captains English Championship club Leeds United as a midfielder. He also plays for the Jamaican national team. He is renowned as a tough tackling central midfielder who can also play as a central defender.
Austin started his career at Portmore United in Jamaica, where he won the two domestic league titles and the CFU Club Championship.
An attempt by Stoke City to bring Austin to the club failed in August 2008, when he was refused a work permit on appeal. Austin went on to sign a one-year loan deal with Brann, after an agreement was reached between Brann, Portmore United and Stoke. Stoke would have the option to buy the player until 1 February 2009, and if they opted not to buy the player, Brann would have the option to buy until 30 June.
Austin made his Brann debut in the 1–3 defeat against Bodø/Glimt on 31 August 2008, coming on as a substitute in the last 20 minutes. He debuted in European competition three weeks later with a 2–0 win against Deportivo de La Coruña in the UEFA Cup. Stoke didn't activate their option because Austin couldn't get a work permit in England, and on 27 February 2009, Austin signed a four-year deal with Brann in a transfer worth £1,000,000.
In January 2011, Austin was subject to a bid from Queens Park Rangers under manager Neil Warnock after a trial spell at the club, however Brann rejected the bid. After playing 25 matches and scoring seven goals during the 2011 season, Austin won the SK Brann Player of the Season award. He also won the NISO Award as the best player in the 2011 Tippeligaen.
On 13 July 2012, Austin was linked with a move to Leeds United, where Warnock now were in charge after he was sacked by QPR in 2011, and Leeds were said to have had a £200,000 bid rejected. Austin revealed he was hoping the move would be completed, revealing that former Leeds player and former Brann teammate Eirik Bakke was a big influence on his desire to join the club. Austin scored a long range effort against Aalesund on 22 July to help earn SK Brann a 2–1 victory, with Austin picking up his 5th booking of the season and as a result a one match ban he revealed it would be his last game for the club.
On 23 July, SK Brann revealed they had accepted a bid from Leeds United for Austin. Leeds United confirmed the transfer later that day, subject to Austin successfully obtaining a work permit. Austin was given the number 8 shirt at Leeds United for the 2012–13 season.
Austin made his competitive début for Leeds in the first game of the season against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup on 11 August, followed by a league début for Leeds in their 1–0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers. His first goal of for the club came in August 2012 in a League Cup match against Oxford United, his first league goal coming against Cardiff City from a free kick in September 2012. Austin scored a further League Cup goal in Leeds' 2–1 victory against Premiership side Everton in the same month. After picking up an injury on international duty, Austin was rested for the match against Charlton Athletic on 23 October.
In a game against Watford in November of the same year, following his stretchering off due to what was initially suspected as broken a leg the game saw Leeds go down to 9 men, with Jason Pearce having already received a red card for Leeds. Scans after the game revealed Austin had not broken his leg but had however cracked his ankle bone and would be ruled out for several months.
Austin returned from injury several months ahead of schedule when he came back into the starting line-up against Nottingham Forest on 26 December. Austin scored an own goal in a 4–2 loss. Austin was sent off for an elbow on Ashley Barnes in Leeds 2-1 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion on 27 April. The subsequent three match ban meant that Austin missed the first two matches of the 2013–14 season.
After missing the first two games of the season through suspension, Austin was named the new permanent captain of Leeds United on 11 August 2013 after returning to the side from suspension against Leicester City, replacing previous Captain Lee Peltier. Austin received the Man of The Match Award in the same game for his impressive performance. Upon being named the New Leeds United Captain, Austin spoke of the title being a 'big honour.
Austin has featured for Jamaica U20, U23 and senior national teams since 2005. Most recently he was named most valuable player in the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup. Austin has twice won the Caribbean Cup with Jamaica, with one coming in 2008 and the second coming in 2010.
Austin scored a freekick in a famous victory for Jamaica against USA on 7 September 2012, to help earn Jamaica a historic 2–1 victory to beat USA for the first time in 19 matches.
Austin also featured in Brann's 2011 Cup final song by Fjorden Baby!. The song was a remake of the song World In Motion by English band New Order. Austin rapped the part that was made famous by Jamaican born England international. John Barnes.
- Portmore United
- CFU Club Championship: 2005
- Jamaican National Premier League (2): 2005, 2008
- JFF Champions Cup (2): 2005, 2007
- SK Brann Player of the Season 2011
- Verdens Gang Norwegian Premier League Player of the Year 2011
- MVP in the 2010 Caribbean Cup
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