Bury Football Club are delighted to confirm that Neil Danns has signed a new one-year contract to remain at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
Neil made 28 appearances over the course of the 2017/18 season, most of which as Captain, and scored five goals over that period.
He has become a fans’ favourite at the club after winning over the supporters with his consistent performances and infectious attitude.
He has also been a mentor to the younger players at the club, in particular, Callum Styles who Danns has played alongside over the latter part of the season.
Neil had received offers from clubs in higher leagues but opted to stay at Bury to play under Ryan Lowe.
Speaking to us, Neil told us what playing under Lowe has done for him: “It’s a pleasure to re-sign. On a personal note, it’s been good being given the captaincy and getting the goals. I’m obviously disappointed with how the season’s gone but we’ve just got to put that behind us now, and it’s a new beginning.
"Lowey’s come in; he’s full-time and is one of the main reasons I’ve signed at the club. He’s probably brought me back from the brink of retirement in terms of how I was feeling mentally at the beginning of the season to the position I’m in now.
"He’s allowed me to prove myself and show that there’s still another two to three years still left in me. I’m just thankful, and if anything, he’s the main reason I have re-signed. There was other interest, but I’ve seen his loyalty and the sort of person I am I thought it only right that I pay that back and I’ll be giving my best to get the club back up to League One next season."
Lowe told us it was an easy decision to offer Neil a new contract: “Dannzy’s agreed to sign a 12-month contract – once I knew the job was mine, the first port of call was to Dannzy; he’s been phenomenal for me.
"I like to think I’ve re-ignited his career in terms of bringing him back into the fold and giving him the captaincy, and he’s repaid that. He wanted to repay the faith in me to stay and sign the contract.
"It’s not about money with Dannzy. He could have gone to other clubs – he potentially had three other offers on the table. I sat down with him and I told him what I wanted from him and that he was going to be a big part of us going forward. He said ‘right, get the contract drawn up’ and he got it signed, so fair play to Dannzy, he’s stuck to his word the same as I’ve stuck to my word that if I got the job, I would offer him a contract. He’s a big player for us going forward next season."