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Varney returns on half-season loan

Posted on: Fri 21 Aug 2009

Sheffield Wednesday have signed Derby County striker Luke Varney on a half-season loan deal which will see the player available to the Owls until January 1, 2010.

The 26-year-old forward played for Wednesday on loan last season, scoring two goals in four first team appearances.

Varney will bring a welcome burst of pace and purpose to the Owls front line in the coming months, following short term injury frustrations to Akpo Sodje, Leon Clarke and Francis Jeffers.

The former Crewe Alexandra player has scored 40 goals in 119 League starts throughout his career after starting at non-League Quorn FC. He later earned a £2m move to Charlton Athletic before being transferred to Pride Park in November 2008, initially on loan.

Sheffield Wednesday manager, Brian Laws, said: "I am delighted that Luke Varney has agreed to join us on loan for the rest of the calendar year. He showed our supporters last season that he is a very capable player at this level who can create opportunities and score goals.

"Luke's energy and endeavour was something that really impressed me last season. He never stops running and will certainly give opposition defenders plenty to worry about in the Championship."

Varney should go straight into the squad for the Owls' home encounter with Scunthorpe United this Saturday but is cup-tied for the Carling Cup fixture at Port Vale next Tuesday and any subsequent matches in that competition. His loan agreement also prevents Varney playing against Derby County during the period of his loan.

Luke Varney has been allocated squad number 19.

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