Leeds United: Rodolph Austin 'shock' at being made captain

Rodolph Austin

Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin has said he was "blown away" when manager Brian McDermott asked him to be the club's captain.

The Jamaican skippered the side for the first time since his appointment in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Leicester City.

"I was shocked to be honest because I didn't know the gaffer had so much respect for me and saw me as a leader," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"He called me to his office on Friday and I was blown away."

Austin added: "I said I wanted some time to think about it but he insisted I take it because he thought I would do a good job.

"It's very pleasing to have been asked to do the job and an honour to be the captain of such a big club."

The 28-year-old joined the Elland Road club from Norwegian Tippeligaen side SK Brann last summer for an undisclosed fee and made 38 appearances in his debut season in England.

Having missed the first two games of the season through suspension he was happy to have helped the side continue their unbeaten start to the season.

"I was pleased with my performance but more so about how the team played," he said.

"It was a close game and either side could have won it but it's good to go away and get a point sometimes."

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