After arriving at Carrington over the summer, initially on a personal venture to gain fitness, Neil Danns quickly impressed the Shakers management to the point where his own fitness regime turned into a full trial, before signing a two year contract on 21st July. The 33-year-old was released from Bolton Wanderers at the end of the season where he made over 90 appearances for the Trotters after signing from Leicester City on loan in September 2013.
Danns began his football career at The FA’s School of Excellence where he signed as a trainee for Blackburn Rovers, aged 16. He went on to have loan spells with Blackpool, Hartlepool United and Colchester United. He penned a permanent deal with Colchester in 2004. In 2006, Danns played a big part in the side’s promotion to the Championship which resulted in a £500,000 move to Birmingham City. The move paid off and Danns became a regular in the team that won promotion to the Premier League that season.
In January 2008, Danns signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Championship side Crystal Palace, where he managed to establish himself in the Eagles' line-up. However, in June 2011, Leicester City came calling, signing Danns on a three year deal via a free transfer. Co-incidentally, Danns scored his first goal for Leicester on 23rd August 2011 in a 4–2 away win against Bury in the League Cup.