Cape Town - Having been included in Bafana Bafana's squad to take on the Central African Republic (CAR) in a 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier in Cape Town next week, Oldham Athletic midfielder Dean Furman received a further boost by signing a loan deal with English League One leaders Doncaster Rovers until the end of the season.
Furman - who made his debut for Bafana in a friendly against Brazil in September last year - told doncasterroversfc.co.uk that he was excited at the prospect of joining the Yorkshire outfit.
“I’m delighted to be here,” he said.
“It’s a very exciting prospect for me, I’ve played at the Keepmoat a couple of times before and it’s a great stadium.
“The club is top of the league and is very ambitious in looking to get back into the Championship. I’m delighted to be here and hopefully I can help that cause.
“As a player you want to be challenging to win the league and looking for titles, so when I heard of the interest I was very excited straight away - I really hope that I can help the club to get promoted."
Furman is currently in his fourth season in England, after signing from Scottish outfit Rangers in 2009 and has made over 120 appearances for Oldham.
He began his career at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, before moving to Rangers in 2008, then signed a three-year deal with the Latics in 2009.
Furman added that he was sad to leave Oldham - fourth bottom and in danger of relegation - having been with the team for a number of years.
“I’ve been at Oldham a long time and know the club inside out so I obviously leave with mixed emotions but this was just too good an opportunity to turn down.
“There’s a different sort of pressure here (Doncaster) but hopefully its one that I can thrive on. I’m excited to get stuck into the battle of the next nine games."
The 24-year-old - who earned the man-of-the-match award in South Africa's 2-0 win over Mozambique last year - will be hoping to be included in Doncaster's squad for Saturday's home game against Portsmouth.