New Latics skipper was a natural choice

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Oldham Athletic midfielder Dean Furman has been named the club's new captain following the departure of former skipper Reuben Hazell to Shrewsbury.

Manager Paul Dickov is happy with his choice and being given the armband is a just reward for a player who made 44 appearances for the club last season.

The 23-year-old South African scored five goals from midfield, including a superb strike against Notts County, which earned him the Football League Goal of the Year award.

"Although Dean didn't have the armband last season, he was a leader both on and off the pitch,” said the Latics boss.


"He leads by example in the way he trains and also handles himself away from the game. He is a credit to himself and, if every player were like him, my job would be a lot easier than it is.

"He also commands great respect from the players and, had there been a vote among

them, I am sure they would have chosen Dean to become captain.

"I didn`t want a 'yes' man and Dean is certainly not that. When I learned Reuben was leaving, Dean was somebody who immediately came to mind and he was the obvious replacement."

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