Austin to leave as Leeds United issue retained list

Leaving: Rodolph Austin.
Leaving: Rodolph Austin.

Leeds United have confirmed that four senior professionals, including former captain Rodolph Austin, are being allowed to leave the club having not been offered contract extensions.

Austin along with left-back/ winger Aidan White, midfielder Michael Tonge and goalkeeper Stuart Taylor are not on the retained list sent by United to the Football League.

Also leaving are reserve goalkeeper Alex Cairns and defender or midfielder Zac Thompson

New deals have been offered to eight young professionals and two scholars. These include Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Walters who featured in first team squads towards the end of the season just finished.

But it is the decision not to offer a contract to powerful midfielder Austin that will be controversial for fans after he had another decent season and head coach Neil Redfearn expressed a wish for him to stay.

Meanwhile, there is no news yet on whether Leeds will try to keep any of their loan players, Sol Bamba, Granddi N’Goyi, Dario Del Fabro, Brian Montenegro, Zan Benedicic, Adryan & Edgar Cani.

Full list of players offered new contracts:

Lewis Coyle

Tyler Denton

Eric Grimes

Luke Parkin

Kalvin Phillips

Alex Purver

Jake Skelton

Lewis Walters

Scholars offered professional deals:

Tom Lyman

Frank Mulhern

Full list of players released:

Daniel Atkinson

Rodolph Austin

Luke Booker

Alex Cairns

Afolabi Coker

Stuart Taylor

Zac Thompson

Michael Tonge

Aidan White

Scholars released:

Isaac Assenso

Liam Bennett

Adam Berry

Piteu Crouz

Munya Mbanje

Ian Molloy