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35. Neil DANNS

Position: Midfielder

Signed (From): 2019 (Bury)

Debut: vs. Burton Albion (21/09/19)

Former Clubs: Blackpool (loan), Bury, Bolton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town (loan), Bristol City (loan), Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Colchester United, Hartlepool United (loan), Blackpool (loan), Blackburn Rovers

TRFC Achievements: N/A

Liverpool-born midfielder Danns is a vastly experienced professional, making his senior debut in the 2002-03 season with Blackburn Rovers. He joined the Ewood Park club at the age of 16 having formerly progressed through the youth systems at Liverpool and the FA School of Excellence in Lilleshall. He was a member of the Blackburn youth side that finished as FA Youth Cup runners-up in the 2000-01 season.

Having made 6 appearances for Rovers in the 2003-04 campaign, Danns spent much of the 2003-04 season on loan at other clubs. Between September and November 2003, Neil was loaned to third-tier Blackpool, for whom he made 15 appearances and scored 2 goals. After returning to Blackburn, he played on one further occasion before he was loaned to the third tier again, this time with Hartlepool United. He made 11 appearances and scored once as the Monkey Hangers qualified for the Second Division play-offs.

In 2004-05, an initial loan spell at Colchester United became a permanent transfer in December 2004 and he would finish his first season at United with 12 goals from 36 appearances.

The following season he would have an even greater impact, scoring 16 goals in 51 matches as Colchester earned automatic promotion to the second tier as 2005-06 League One runners-up. For his contribution to the achievement, Danns was voted into the 2005-06 PFA League One Team of the Year.

His performances caught the eye of many potential suitors and it was Championship Birmingham City who won the race for his services in a £500,000 transfer in June 2006. Dann's City debut came against Colchester on the opening day of the 2006-07 season and he built upon this with a total of 35 appearances and 3 goals as the Blues secured automatic promotion to the Premier League as 2006-07 Championship runners-up.

Neil would make just 2 Premier League appearances for Birmingham before a £600,000 permanent transfer to Championship Crystal Palace in January 2008, where he would play 4 times before the end of the 2007-08 season.

Over the course of the next three seasons, Danns would be a mainstay in the Palace side, making a total of 114 appearances and scoring 21 goals for the Eagles between 2008 and 2011. In what would be his final season at Selhurst Park, he won the Vice Presidents' Player of the Year award.

A free transfer to Championship rivals Leicester City in 2011 would see him make 37 appearances and score 6 goals for the Foxes in 2011-12, however he quickly fell out of favour and would spend much of his three-year contract on loan at other clubs.

In 2012-13 he played 9 games for Championship Bristol City, scoring twice, before 18 appearances and 2 goals for fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town. Over two separate loan periods, Danns made 35 appearances and scored 6 goals for Championship Bolton Wanderers in 2013-14.

Neil made the move permanent in the summer of 2014 and, over a two-year permanent tenure, amassed 81 appearances and 5 goals for the Trotters.

He moved to League One Bury in 2016, making just 21 appearances in his first season. In 2016-17 Danns also enjoyed a loan spell at League Two Blackpool, with whom he won promotion to League One after winning the 2016-17 League Two play-offs.

He returned to Bury the following season as they were relegated to League Two, however he captained the Shakers to an immediate return, securing automatic promotion to the third tier as 2018-19 League Two runners-up.

Upon Bury's expulsion from the EFL on 28th August 2019, Danns became a free agent and signed for fellow League one side Tranmere Rovers on 19th September 2019 on a deal until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

During his time at Bolton, Neil also made his international debut on 29th March 2015, the match against Grenada the first of 12 caps for Guyana (to date) in which he has scored 9 goals.

Interesting Fact: Dann's final appearance for Bury came against Tranmere in a League Two fixture on 30th April 2019. He came on as an 87th-minute substitute as the Shakers earned automatic promotion thanks to the 1-1 draw at Prenton Park.