Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 14 March 2013
Captain Dean Furman has left Athletic to sign on loan for Doncaster Rovers - in a deal that will net the Boundary Park club a substantial fee.
The 24-year-old midfield man has swapped a battle against relegation for a promotion bid with the South Yorkshire club.
Athletic will pick up a cash payment for a player who was certain to leave on a free transfer in the summer.
The temporary move to the Dons will not sit well with local fans as the club battles against the drop. But chairman Simon Corney is keen to cash in now on a man the club knew was destined for a higher level.
Wherever Furman ultimately ends up, there is no ill-will.
“He will have the opportunity to play at a higher level next season — and he goes with our blessing,” Corney said.
The former Chelsea trainee cost Athletic around £50,000 when he signed from Rangers.
His three-year deal was extended as Athletic took up an option last summer. Though his club form since hasn’t been as consistent, his stock has risen since becoming a member of the South Africa national team.
Furman’s absence means James Wesolowski will take over as skipper.
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