Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin has spoken of his utter surprise at being appointed captain prior to the club's goalless draw at Leicester City on Sunday.

Jamaican international Austin, who arrived at Elland Road from Norwegian outfit SK Brann in July 2012, has been given the role full-time by manager Brian McDermott, replacing previous skipper Lee Peltier.

But despite being an influential mainstay in Leeds' engine room during his debut season in the Championship, Austin insists he had no idea he was in the running to take over as captain on a full-time basis.

The 28-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds: "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 called me to his office on Friday and I was blown away. 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."

McDermott, who was appointed as manager following the departure of Neil Warnock in April, has enjoyed a solid start to his first full season in charge of the club.

Leeds began the campaign with a 2-1 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Brighton courtesy of a last-gasp finish from former Crewe midfielder Luke Murphy. 

That opening day triumph was followed by a hard-fought victory over Chesterfield in the first round of the Capital One Cup and Sunday's robust point at the King Power Stadium.

McDermott will be hoping his players can extend their unbeaten start at home to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. 

 

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