Bolton Wanderers loan ace Neil Danns delighted to be reunited with Dougie Freedman
WANDERERS loan man Neil Danns believes the reunion with Dougie Freedman can revitalise his career and fire the Whites up the Championship table at the same time.
Danns rates Freedman highly having worked under and played alongside the Scot at Crystal Palace before he moved to Leicester City in 2011.
And when the chance arose to team up with him again at the Reebok last month, the Liverpudlian said the decision to seal a loan switch was a no-brainer.
The early signs are that Danns’ assessment is correct. Like his fellow newcomers Liam Feeney and Kevin McNaughton, he has helped breathe new life into Wanderers’ displays and netted what turned out to be the winner last time out at Birmingham.
And he believes things can only get better in the remainder of his three months under a manager he rates highly.
Danns said: “I made no secret when I did end up leaving Palace that I had so much respect for the gaffer.
“I always said he’d go on to bigger and better things and I still firmly believe that.
“When I was offered the chance to work with him again I jumped at it.
“He knows my game and I think he can bring out the best in me again.
“It’s probably early days at the minute. Everyone might hate me by this time next week.
“All I can promise is that while I am at Bolton I will be giving my all.
“I’ll be putting everything on the line all the time. For me, that’s the most important thing.
“I’m at Bolton and want to do the best for myself and hopefully that helps the club at the same time.”
Danns has been something of a loan ranger since leaving Palace two years ago with his time at Leicester punctured by spells at Bristol City and Huddersfield before this latest move away from the King Power Stadium.
He insists it is all about playing regular football and adding to more than 300 career appearances.
And for a player who came through the FA School of Excellence at Lilleshall, that is the main aim as he approaches his 31st birthday next month.
Danns added: “I have never doubted my ability. When it came down to leaving Leicester it was nothing about ability because at the time I was captain for the last couple of games that I did start.
“I went to Bristol City and then Huddersfield and enjoyed my time there.
“I think I played my part in getting a few good results.
“That’s now my aim here at Bolton and we will see what the future holds after that.”