Neil Danns in the dark over his future
NEIL Danns faces being thrown into footballing limbo after making his final hurrah for Wanderers at Barnsley today.
Dougie Freedman said earlier this week that he is unlikely to make a second attempt to bring the midfielder back to the Reebok until well into the January window, if at all.
But Danns – who is due to return to training with Leicester City tomorrow – says he has heard nothing back from his parent club and is more likely to be at home with his family when the two sides meet on Sunday.
“I’ve had no contact with Leicester whatsoever,” he told The Bolton News. “I’m literally in the dark. I don’t know what is happening next week.
“At the moment I’m a Bolton player and I’m focusing on this. When the final whistle goes against Barnsley, that’s when I’ll probably have to get my head around it.
“I don’t know Leicester’s thoughts, plans or anything else. At this moment in time I feel a bit lost.”
Reports from the Midlands suggest Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has a question mark over Danns’ future, with several contracts expiring next summer.
Danns is unlikely to stay beyond then in any case – but the 31-year-old refuses to give up completely on his career with the Foxes.
“Football is a funny old game so I’d never say there is absolutely no chance,” he said.
“I’ve seen it happen so many times in my career where footballers appear to have one foot out of the door and then the next they are straight back in.
“I’m a professional footballer and I happen to be one who loves playing football.
“I’ll give my all no matter where I am. I can’t affect certain things, so I have to go back, see what everyone is thinking.
“I’m old enough to know what will be, will be. I’ve got to go with the flow.”
Danns has made 11 starts since coming to the Reebok in October, scoring three goals, but will be unable to play the final game of his loan period because it comes against his parent club.
Rather than risk being accused of helping one camp or another, the Liverpudlian is likely to remain in the North West until after the match.
But there is no doubt in his mind where he would rather be lining up for the rest of the campaign.
“Depending on what Leicester’s thoughts are, if they want me to move on, then the first place I would want to be is Bolton Wanderers,” he said.
“The gaffer has not only been a good manager but I’d like to class him as a friend in football. He has been brilliant with me.
“If the opportunity came about to sign for Bolton then I’d take it with both hands.
“I’ve got a young family and they are enjoying me being around more, so it works out great. I’d jump at it.
“It will be disappointing with it being my last game on Thursday. I’ll probably be sitting around playing football with my kid and trying to hang around just so I have got something to do.
“I haven’t heard anything from Leicester but what is probably best at the moment is if I go back there after the game, so I’ll probably only have a few days off.
“I wouldn’t want either of the teams thinking I have got something to do with tactics or any type of nous about the game. Once the Barnsley game is done then I will probably put my feet up, as much as I don’t want to, but that’s the situation and there’s nothing I can do about it.
“Nothing can be done until January anyway.”