Danns return gives Bolton Wanderers a boost for FA Cup

Neil Danns is a popular signing

Neil Danns is a popular signing

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

NEIL Danns stands by to make his second Wanderers debut today after sneaking underneath the FA Cup radar.

The midfielder signed on loan for the rest of the season from Leicester City – a deal that will almost certainly become permanent in the summer – but had to be registered by midday to be able to face Blackpool at the Reebok this afternoon.

The FA did eventually give their blessing by mid-afternoon after leaving the Whites sweating, which gives the 31-year-old a chance to play in any remaining games this season, with the exception of the Foxes’ visit on Tuesday, April 22.

Dougie Freedman hopes the Liverpudlian’s return can be a boost in the dressing room and in the stands.

“He’s done well for us,” he said. “He’s still fit and looks after himself really well.

“He still plays with that hunger and desire, he’s still got it.

“I think he’s been a good addition for us. He’s obviously someone I know but I think the group have taken to him and he’s helped the group.

“I think the fans have really taken to him and seen what he can produce and the fact we have gone out and signed him. I think they’ll be happy.”

Danns scored four goals in 13 appearances after joining Wanderers on loan in October and his experience will also be an asset to the team, Freedman added.

“I do want to get younger guys in this team but you always need players like Dannsy in there to just provide a guiding hand,” he said.

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