Rodolph Austin here United's Jamaican Midfielder celebrates with teammates El Hadji Diouf, Stephen Warnock and Luke Varney after he scores for The Whites. The shot coming from the Football League Championship game against Burnley at Elland Road on the 16th April, 2013. Diouf, Warnock and Varney played the full game for Leeds while Austin played the full game and scored a goal against the Clarets.
After weeks of speculation manager Neil Warnock finally captured the signature of Rodolph Austin. The Jamaican International Midfielder signed for Leeds on the 23rd July, 2012. Coming from Norwegian outfit SK Brann the tough tackling Midfielder's cost to The Whites was 300k. Austin revealed he always wanted to join United as soon as he heard the Club was interested, with Eirik Bakke his former teammate at Brann and former United Midfielder being a major influence. Rodolph made his debut for Leeds in the Football League Cup game against Shrewsbury Town on the 11th August, 2012. The player days before his debut told the official site: "I can't speak for the fans, but I'm a person who likes to win and I always try and do my best. It's for them to judge me... Fans like players who play with passion and I think it's up to them to be honest, but I'll keep doing what I'm doing."
The United manager Neil Warnock signed El Hadji Diouf the Senegalese international for the Whites on the 9th August, 2012 on a non-contract basis from Doncaster Rovers. Diouf is a controversial figure in the game and came to Elland Road carrying more than his fare share of baggage, the United manager himself referred to Diouf as being 'lower than a sewer rat' after an incident at Ewood Park which saw Jamie Mackie stretchered off with multiple fractures to his leg. The fans at Elland Road were initially split on the decision to sign the Senegal forward but despite that contention he will always get the faithful's support while he is giving 100% in a White shirt. Diouf made his debut appearance for Leeds coming on as substitute in the Football League Cup game against Shrewsbury Town on the 11th August, 2012.
Manager Neil Warnock signed Stephen Warnock on a free transfer on the deadline day of the 2012-13 transfer window. Coming from Aston Villa the defender signed a two and half-year contract for The Whites. Going straight into the squad he made his debut in the Football League Championship game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on the 9th February. Four games later Warnock scored his first goal for Leeds from the spot, against Millwall at Elland Road on the 2nd March. Warnock turned down Premier League West Ham United to come to the club, the United manager Neil Warnock told the official site after the signing, "He is a former international who, for whatever reason, has been allowed to leave Aston Villa, "He's a player I've tried to sign a few times before and I'm pleased he turned down West Ham to come here."
The United manager finally brought Luke Varney to Elland Road on the 23rd July, 2012 after weeks of speculation. The English Midfielder costing 300k was one of four new Summer signings from troubled League One outfit Portsmouth FC. Always a favourite of the United Boss Warnock the manager said: "I have been after Luke for about seven years now on and off. I have spoken to him a number of times at different clubs but have never quite managed to sign him. He is an unpredictable type of player and the fans like him and I think there are goals in him. I will be setting him a target; I would like to think he can score between 8 and 10 goals next season." Luke made his debut for the Whites and scored his first goal for the club in the Football League Cup game Shrewsbury Town on the 11th August, 2012.
Leeds United: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Warnock, Tonge, Austin, Green, Diouf, McCormack, Varney.
Subs: Somma for McCormack.
Thanks to: Paul for this great pic.
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