Doncaster Rovers: Furman eyes quick Championship return

Dean Furman.
Dean Furman.

Dean Furman insists Rovers can bounce back at the first time of asking following their “crushing” relegation.

Rovers are currently preparing for life in League One following this season’s final day drama.

Furman was part of the Rovers contigent that clinched promotion from League One just 12 months ago in a dramatic final day of the 2012-13 campaign.

And the South African midfielder is keen to help the club make a quick return to the Championship.

“I’ve experienced the highs and lows of the game all in a year,” said the 25-year-old.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow the way it all happened, but we can’t just look at one game as it comes down to our results over the course of the season.

“I hope it makes me stronger.”

Furman was part of Paul Dickov’s starting line-up that suffered a 1-0 defeat to champions Leicester City following David Nugent’s 75th minute penalty.

That, coupled with Paul Caddis’s last-gasp equaliser for nearest relegation rivals Birmingham against Bolton, saw the Blues switch places with Rovers who ultimately went down.

“To hear that Birmingham had scored in the 93rd minute was really crushing,” said Furman. On his time in the Championship, the former Oldham man added: “We always knew it would be difficult.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries to key players, but it’s been enjoyable for me nonetheless - playing against some great players at some great grounds.

“It’s given me a real taste and we’ll try to bounce straight back.”