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The Austin Transfer Saga – The Next Step

  Forget Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Barry, after eighteen months of trying, Rudolph Austin’s proposed future, and move to Stoke, is still unresolved. And now it seems likely that it will be at least six months, or even a year before there is a chance of Rudolph appearing in the red and white.

  After being refused a work permit last week, Stoke’s legal team have been at work trying to find the best option to take now. It appears that this option could be a six month stint in Scandanavia, where the work permit criteria are far more relaxed. Getting an EU work permit elsewhere would greatly increase his chances of being granted one for the UK when the club are allowed to re-apply next year.

  Stoke midfielder Rory Delap, who was in treatment for a long-term injury alongside Austin when he first came to the club last year indicated that he expects Rudolph to remain training with Stoke for the time being, saying “I think he will stay around here for a bit longer, though, which will be good for him.”

  Delap does not doubt Austin’s will to eventually play for Stoke, saying,”I’ve no worries about him quitting and just going back to Jamaica because he has a strong character.”

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