Pull of the Reebok too great for Neil Danns
DURING seven days in footballing limbo, Neil Danns watched Wanderers leak five goals and then announce eye-watering £163.8million debts – but the midfielder insists he never thought twice about signing again at the Reebok.
When Danns scored the winner at Barnsley on Boxing Day he did not know whether he would pull on a shirt for the Whites again, returning to face an uncertain future at Leicester City.
But while his week away proved to be an eventful one on and off the pitch for Wanderers, Danns has backed the club to come through the testing times ahead.
“In times like this the whole club has got to stay together – the fans, the players, everyone around the place,” he said.
“We have to make the best of the situation that we’re in. If we’re successful then that will continue off the pitch.
“Since I have been here the guys have been amazing. They have stuck together.
“The manager has been brilliant and he’s got a plan. I think he will achieve his plan.
“I have the privilege of seeing inside the place and if I had thought for one second that this was a club in disarray or that there were troubled times ahead then it might have made me think twice, but there was none of that.”
In loyalty terms, Danns was stuck in the middle when Wanderers went to Leicester last Sunday. But the Liverpudlian also found himself stuck en route to the East Midlands, missing the start of the game.
“I was delayed on the M6 and only got there at half time when the score was 3-3,” he said. “I was thinking ‘what has gone on here?’ “I saw the two Leicester goals but it wasn’t nice being in the situation I was in.
“It was my parent club and the one I was going to sign for, so I was there as a neutral.”
With his contract up at the end of the season, Danns knew his days with the Foxes were numbered and had spent most of the last 12 months on loan elsewhere.
But the midfielder says he bears no ill will towards the league leaders.
“I have got no problem with anyone at Leicester,” he said. “I’ve been there two-and-a-half years and there are some really good people there. I’m not the sort of person to hold grudges.
“It’s football – players come in, players move on, and it’s the way it is. If you take it personally you only do yourself damage. That’s just the business.”
Danns has a good pedigree in the FA Cup over the years, but he will be glad to avoid a certain West London club in this year’s competition should Wanderers get through the fourth-round tie at home to Cardiff City.
He said: “I was top scorer in the competition a few years back playing for Colchester United. I think I got six goals.
“We were knocked out by Chelsea 3-1 in the quarter-finals in the end but I’ve been to the fifth round quite a few times.
“The year before last I got knocked out by Chelsea again, playing for Leicester.
“They seem to be my bogey team. I got nothing for being top scorer either – I was waiting for a little trophy or something.”