Fur­long’s on the radar

WY­COMBE WAN­DER­ERS

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WY­COMBE Wan­der­ers are keep­ing a move for QPR’s ex­cit­ing young­ster Dar­nell Fur­long un­der wraps un­til the loan mar­ket re­opens next month.

We have learned the Rangers de­fender (pic­tured), son of Hoops legend Paul Fur­long, who is now an Rs academy coach, is on a list of fu­ture tar­gets for the Chairboys.

Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth has lit­tle room for ma­noeu­vre in Jan­uary’s trans­fer win­dow after sign­ing mid­fielder Mar­cus Bean on an 18-month con­tract, while tak­ing young­ster Court­ney Se­nior on loan from Brent­ford.

How­ever, the man­ager has also lost Gary Do­herty to re­tire­ment along with the de­par­tures of An­thony Ste­wart and Stu­art Lewis.

Right now, Wy­combe have a solid unit keep­ing them top of League Two.

But when in­juries and sus­pen­sions threaten a tilt at the ti­tle, the man­ager will aug­ment a tiny squad cour­tesy of the old pals act at his old club – and one con­ve­niently down the road from Adams Park.

Mean­while, Ainsworth ex­pects no more de­par­tures as he gears up for a first away day in three weeks at Bury on Satur­day.

Wan­der­ers are almost cer­tain to be with­out the ser­vices of striker Paul Hayes with a calf in­jury, and although Max Kret­zschmar will like­wise be side­lined for the trip to Gigg Lane, the man­ager has no in­ten­tion of let­ting the mid­fielder out on loan de­spite the ar­rival of Bean.

Kret­zschmar made only one ap­pear­ance in De­cem­ber, and that in the 1-0 FA Cup de­feat to AFC Wim­ble­don, but his boss reck­ons the 21-year-old is stay­ing put.

Ainsworth said: “He’s been in­jured with a thigh prob­lem, but loan­ing him out? We’ve got a small enough squad as it is.

“He’s a cracking player and although we’ve got a bit stronger in the mid­field ar­eas, he’s still got a big part to play.

“I just don’t see Max as a mid­fielder, but as a for­ward who could play wide at the front. He’s def­i­nitely in my plans and I wouldn’t have given him a two-and-a-half year con­tract last year if I didn’t think that. He’s just got to be pa­tient and wait his turn.”

How­ever Do­herty’s re­place­ment is more ur­gent.

“It’s dif­fi­cult right now for any­one to come in know­ing they would be cover be­cause my cen­tre halves are do­ing so well,” Ainsworth said.

“We have lists of play­ers and con­tin­gency plans, and there are car­rots to com­ing here, but nega­tives also when play­ers sit on the bench.

“The big trans­fer win­dow for Wy­combe Wan­der­ers will be the end of March, not the end of Jan­uary. When March comes I’ve got to make sure I’ve got the right squad to take me through to the end of the sea­son.”

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