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IN WHAT is undoubtedly one of the signings of the top-flight season, reigning JD Cymru Premier champions Connah’s Quay have announced the signing of Neil Danns today.
The 38-year-old midfielder has more than 400 English Football League appearances to his name, as well as 9 goals and 17 caps for his country – Guyana.
Danns began his career with Blackburn Rovers and spent the majority of his career in the English Championship, making more than 100 appearances for Crystal Palace between 2008-2011, 106 at Bolton Wanderers and 30 at Leicester City, where he was one of Sven Goran-Eriksson’s first signings when the Swede arrived at The Foxes.
Danns made his Guyanan international debut in March 2015, where he setup both goals in a 2-0 victory over Grenada. He was also part of Guyana’s 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad and scored all three of his country’s goals in the competition.
He came to the attention of Nomads manager Andy Morrison when he recently played in a behind closed doors game for Chorley against them. Chorley ultimately had their season curtailed prematurely due to the Coronavirus pandemic and, as such, the midfielder became available and made the move to Deeside.
Morrison had the following to say on Danns’ arrival at Deeside; “It’s not about numbers, it’s about quality and Neil brings great quality and great experience and when those games gt a bit tasty later on and it’s a big high pressure game, and there are huge pressure games for different reasons in this league, when they come along you want experience, you want legs, you want people that have been at and played at a level where that game won’t phase them and Neil’s come in and signed until the end of the season and I’m absolutely delighted.”
Danns himself tweeted: “Happy to have signed for the current Welsh Premier League champions. Looking forward to the challenge of getting that European Champions League spot. Grateful for the opportunity to play during these crazy times.”
With such experience to his name, the midfielder can certainly be viewed as a marquee signing for both Connah’s Quay and the JD Cymru Premier overall – with his arrival no doubt boosting its reputation somewhat. The buzz surrounding the announcement on social media reminds me of the time Gary Taylor-Fletcher arrived at Bangor City.
The JD Cymru Premier was given the green light to resume its 20/21 campaign after its ‘elite status’ was re-instated last week. As such, the Nomads will return to action this weekend when they take on Newtown at home.