Doncaster Rovers: Globetrotter Furman in midfield waiting room

Dean Furman in action against Stevenage.
Dean Furman in action against Stevenage.

Globetrotter Dean Furman is waiting patiently for his passport to a regular starting berth.

But the South African international midfielder admits to being frustrated at his stop-start season.

Furman started the campaign as first choice alongside Richie Wellens but the form of Paul Keegan has limited the 25-year-old to 22 starts this term in all competitions.

Not for the first time this season, Furman lost his place in Rovers’ starting line-up following the 11,500-mile round trip to play for South Africa earlier this month.

He started the 5-0 defeat at Bournemouth when Paul Dickov switched to a 4-3-3 formation before heading off to Johannesburg to play the full 90 minutes for Bafana Bafana against Brazil.

Upon his return Furman has been an unused substitute in Rovers’ three-match unbeaten sequence against Huddersfield, Watford and Nottingham Forest.

The former Oldham midfielder admits the travelling has not helped his cause at Doncaster but he remains focused on being ready for selection for the final ten games of the season.

“It’s frustrating for me but that’s just the way it goes,” Furman told The Star.

“We’ve got a squad here with players who are ready and playing.

“If the gaffer feels that the travelling’s taking it out of me, and he wants to go with someone else, I have to accept that decision.

“I have to make sure I’m ready and available for selection whenever he needs me.”

Furman’s international commitments have hit something of a nerve with Dickov.

The Scot complained about him playing the full game against Spain last November and was riled even further when South Africa coach Gordon Igesund left Furman on again for the duration of the Brazil friendly.