NEW boy Dean Furman will remain at Doncaster Rovers beyond the end of this season - if he makes his mark during the promotion run-in.
Boss Brian Flynn sealed a lengthy pursuit of the tough-tackling midfielder yesterday and revealed a permanent move for the South African international is on the cards.
“We’ve got a good player and a good deal,” said Flynn.
“It’s very much in our thoughts to extend the deal for next season.
“If he comes in and does as well as I expect him to, we’ll be looking to further it.”
Furman, aged 24, has fallen out of favour at Oldham Athletic, where he is out of contract in the summer.
But his arrival at the Keepmoat Stadium at this stage of the season, with just nine games remaining, still represents a big coup for Doncaster.
“Dean brings the right quality to Doncaster,” said Flynn. “He ticks the right boxes.
“It happened quickly but it’s something that’s been on our minds for a while.
“I first saw Dean play in 2006 as a young player for Chelsea.
“He’s been on my player list for some time. I kept an eye on him when he went on to Rangers.
“With the situation as it is with Paul Keegan, Martin Woods and David Syers all injured, we had to act.
“Dean’s a full international and he adds to the combinations we can use in there.
“His arrival has given everyone a lift on the training ground.”
Flynn must decide whether to throw Furman straight into his side tomorrow - with the Welshman anxious to avoid complacency against struggling Portsmouth.
He said: “They’re having a difficult time as a club but they’ve managed to put a team together and they’re making it difficult for teams. They’re not lying down, that’s for certain.
“If we think this is going to be a comfortable three points we’ll have problems.
“A bit of patience might be needed. We are good at grinding teams down. We keep going, and keep going, looking for the opposition’s weaknesses and trying to punish them.
“Patrick Agyemang’s physical presence is difficult to contend with and alongside him they’ve got David Connolly who is a natural goalscorer.
“That a good combination up front, they’ve got some experience at the back and some young energetic players too.”