Neil Danns ready to lead the Bolton Wanderers fight
NEIL Danns has pledged to set the tone in Wanderers’ lunchtime battle with his former club Birmingham City tomorrow.
The Leicester loanee made his debut in Tuesday night’s feisty goalless draw at Blackpool and has warned his new club that they must roll up their sleeves again at St Andrew’s in Saturday’s televised game.
But the midfielder, pictured, is up for the occasion – and believes he can win over Whites fans by leading the fight for a first league win of the season from the front.
“One thing you’ll always get from me is my all,” he told The Bolton News. “You won’t see any half-hearted performances and I’ll be putting everything on the line all the time. For me, that’s the most important thing.
“I’ve had the opportunity to go back to Birmingham with a couple of clubs and it’s always been a good atmosphere. They can definitely make it hard for you if you give them the chance, though.
“Once I cross the line my loyalty lies with the club I’m at. Everything else goes out of the window and all I want is to make sure Bolton get that first win.”
Danns spent 18 months with Birmingham, helping them to promotion to the Premier League in 2007.
But he moved on to Crystal Palace after just two appearances in the top flight, where he would play alongside, and then be managed by Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman.
Danns made his way to Leicester, where things turned sour after the arrival of Nigel Pearson at the Foxes and he was loaned out to Bristol City and Huddersfield Town last season.
With no reconciliation on the horizon, the 30-year-old Liverpudlian admits he is now looking for his next club.
“I can only come away from there with my head held high,” he said of his time at the King Power Stadium.
“The last game I played there I was captain and that was a proud moment for me.
“I haven’t started or played since then, so for me personally there’s probably more to it than just me playing a game.
“I suppose it’s football and that happens at every club. I’m not out here to prove anything to the people at Leicester, I just want to do the job I’m paid to do and that’s give the best of me.
“I’m at Bolton and want to do the best for myself and hopefully that helps the club at the same time.”