Doncaster Rovers: Jet-setter Furman off to a flier

Rovers' new signing Dean Furman lets fly in the dying moments of Saturday's draw with Portsmouth. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rovers' new signing Dean Furman lets fly in the dying moments of Saturday's draw with Portsmouth. Picture: Andrew Roe

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DEAN Furman will be in South Africa rather than Scunthorpe this weekend but Doncaster’s international jet-setter has already got off to flier at his new club.

The 24-year-old came within inches of marking a cameo appearance against Portsmouth with a stunning late winner.

Bofana Bofana star Furman is currently in Cape Town preparing for a crucial World Cup qualifier against Central African Republic on Saturday.

But the on-loan Oldham midfielder departed Doncaster after leaving a positive impression on his new manager and teammates.

“You know what you’re going to get with Dean,” said boss Brian Flynn, who has kept an eye on Furman’s progress ever since his YTS days at Chelsea.

“He brings honesty, endeavour and he’s combative.

“Dean’s a good passer of the ball and he’s a good link-up player.

“He’s come in and he’s just what I expected.

“His arrival has given the other lads a bit of boost as well.

“He adds a bit of much-needed competition for places in that area.

“Dean’s settled in just fine,” he added.

“He made a bit of an impact when he came on at the weekend and made a good early run down the left hand side within minutes of coming on.

“And then he had that great left foot strike from the edge of the box which produced a great save from their keeper.

“We’ll miss him this weekend with him being away in South Africa but we knew all about that when we signed him.”

Furman’s absence means Flynn is desperately hoping that youngster John Lundstram shakes off an ankle injury in time to face the Iron.

The junior England captain has been forced to withdraw from England Under 19s’ squad for tonight’s friendly with Turkey in a bid to be fit for Saturday’s M180 derby.

Rovers are without injured midfield trio Paul Keegan, Dave Syers and Martin Woods.