Captain Neil Danns has left Bury to join Tranmere but insists the club will always have a special place in his heart.

The midfielder was the skipper as the Shakers were promoted from League Two last season, making 39 appearances and scoring twice.

But now Danns has left for pastures new with the Gigg Lane club fighting for their very existence after expulsion from the EFL.

The 36-year-old hopes that a campaign to see Bury back in League Two is successful, admitting that he has been left devastated by the club’s plight.

“Thanks to everyone involved at the club,” Danns said in a message on Bury’s website after completing his move to Prenton Park.

“It broke my heart to see everything end the way it did.

“Bury will always hold a place dear to me. I’m praying that the EFL do the right thing and reinstate the club next season.

“Once again, thank you for the memories, support and love. Up the Shakers!”

Former Leicester, Crystal Palace and Bolton midfielder Danns arrived at Gigg Lane in 2016 and made 88 appearances in total for the club.

He joins Micky Mellon’s League One side on the back of summer that saw him represent Guyana at the Gold Cup in their first ever major tournament.

Danns has signed a contract until the end of the season to return to his native Merseyside and believes he has joined a club on the up with Rovers on the crest of a wave after back-to-back promotions.

“Once I was given the opportunity to come down and meet the manager, it is a club that straight away I wanted to be a part of,” he said.

“What the lads have achieved so far with back-to-back promotions is unbelievable and you can see why they have done that when you speak to the manager because he has got a real appetite for football and that matches my own.

“Hopefully I can bring experience and when the fans see me, they’ll see the energy and appetite that I do play the game with, I’ve got that hunger and that drive.”