Dean Furman handed Oldham Athletic captaincy

Dean Furman
Furman made 44 appearances last season, scoring five goals

Oldham have handed the captaincy to Dean Furman after last year's captain Reuben Hazell left the club.

The 23-year-old South African midfielder joined the Latics in 2009 after rejecting a new deal at Rangers.

"Though Dean didn't have the arm band last season, he was a leader both on and off the pitch," manager Paul Dickov told the club website.

"Dean leads by example in the way he trains and also handles himself away from the game."

The former Chelsea youngster, who has also spent time at Bradford City, won the the Football League goal of the year last season for his strike against Notts County.

"He is a credit to himself and, if every player were like him, my job would be a lot easier than it is," Dickov added.

"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."