FA rules scupper Wednesday’s bid for former Leeds United man

Rodolph Austin playing for Leeds against Wednesday, the club he has been denied the chance to join.
Rodolph Austin playing for Leeds against Wednesday, the club he has been denied the chance to join.
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Sheffield Wednesday’s interest in signing ex Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin have been ended after the 30-year-old Jamaica international was denied a work permit.

As reported earlier in the week Austin had revealed his frustration at not being able to be granted a work permit to join Leeds’s Yorkshire rivals Wednesday.

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And under new Football Association rules, a non-European Union player must represent a country in Fifa’s top 50 rankings over the previous two years.

Jamaica were ranked at an average of 82 over that period.

Austin’s agent Darryl Powell said: “The first indication that anything was wrong was when Rodolph got off the plane at Heathrow on Tuesday morning.

“We were coming through the terminal and I got a call from Sheffield Wednesday to say he definitely wouldn’t be getting a work permit.

“It’s been very traumatic for Rodolph. The whole transfer saga has been going on since February/March time for him.

“He’s devastated. This has changed his whole life.”