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Rodolph Austin could still play in England despite new UK rules

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 7:26 PM
Austin has been refused a work permit under new rules which state that a player’s country of origin has to be in the top 50 in FIFA’s rankings over the last two years.

Darryl Powell, the agent for Reggae Boy Rodolph Austin, says there is still a possibility that the Jamaican could secure a work permit from the Football Association in the United Kingdom to play club football.

Austin has been refused a work permit under new rules which state that a player’s country of origin has to be in the top 50 in FIFA’s rankings over the last two years. 

However, Jamaica is ranked at 76.

Austin has been offered a three-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday, which would have made him one of their highest paid players.

However, Powell told The Gleaner/Power 106 Sports from his base in London, that he has been contacted by Sheffield Wednesday, and the club has indicated that there is chance Austin could still be granted a work permit.

Powell also says Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell has offered to assist with the matter.

 

However, Powell says the new work permit rules will have a devastating impact on Jamaica's football players as well as player from other countries in the Caribbean.

 

Rodolph Austin's agent Darryl Powell