Latics Chairman reveals reasons for move
Latics’ Chairman Simon Corney explained it was hard to stand in the way of Dean Furman who today completed a loan move to promotion-chasing Doncaster Rovers.
"Dean wanted to go and, once he sensed the opportunity to join Doncaster, it was hard to turn him down," he explained.
And with the transfer expected to become a permanent move in the summer for the out-of-contract Furman, Mr Corney added the likelihood of playing in the npower Championship next season also appealed to the midfield man.
Mr Corney outlined other reasons for allowing club captain Furman to move to the Keepmoat Stadium for the remainder of the campaign.
Of Latics’ remaining 11 npower League One fixtures, Furman would have missed two because of international calls for South Africa, he was not earmarked for a starting spot this weekend while he is also two bookings away from an automatic two-match ban.
Mr Corney pointed out a potential two-match ban would kick in after the loan transfer window had closed which would make it impossible to bring in a player as a replacement.
Doncaster are paying the whole of Furman’s wages which, Mr Corney added, will provide financial scope to sign a player on loan.
Mr Corney paid tribute to Furman who made 148 appearances for Latics and scored nine goals during almost four years at the club. He was also club and first-team captain.
He said: "Dean has been a great servant to the club, both on and off the field, and a pleasure to deal with.
"Dean will be missed here at Boundary Park and, on behalf of everybody at the club, I would like to wish him all the best in his future career."