Rodolph Austin has stepped down as the club captain of Leeds United to allow him to play the best football he can, reports Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old Jamaican was awarded the captaincy at the start of this season, and was shocked when first handed it saying he was blown away when asked.

Leeds manager Brain McDermott announced the news on the club's website this morning.

"You can see his leadership qualities in the way he plays and tracks back," he was quoted saying. "Leeds United means so much to him.

"I just want to take that pressure away and I want him to play the way he wants with freedom."

Leeds have been up and down this season and have faced plenty of soul searching following last weekend's 6-0 demolishing by local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Ross McCormack - Leeds’ top scorer - will take over the roll as they head into Saturday's clash with top of the Championship Leicester City.

“Absolutely delighted to be the captain of Leeds United," he tweeted. "Really looking forward to it. A proud day for myself and my family.MOT”

Leicester come into the match off the back of five consecutive victories, to launch them to the top of the table, whilst Leeds have hit a slump and have lost four on the bounce in all competitions.

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