Varney holds Tangerine dream

Loan star admits he would relish a return to Bloomfield Road

Varney: Would welcome a return to Blackpool

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Luke Varney admits that he would love the chance to rejoin Blackpool on a permanent basis.

The striker played an influential role in the Seasiders' first season in the Premier League after arriving on loan from Derby last summer, although he was unable to prevent the club going straight back down to the Championship.

Varney scored five goals in 30 appearances for the Lancashire club, also scoring the deciding goal in their famous 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

The 28-year-old has not been a regular at the Rams since moving from Charlton in 2007, but his spell at Blackpool has seen him raise his profile in the Premier League, despite returning to Pride Park after his spell expired.

However, the former Crewe man is putting Blackpool first, stating that he was desperate to help the Tangerines regain their status in the top flight.

Opportunity

"I spoke to the gaffer briefly after the final game against Manchester United and told him that if there was ever an opportunity to come back, I'd snap his hand off," he said.

"You never know in football.

"Even if there was a case of me coming back on loan, I'd definitely embrace that.

"It is a place I know and if two clubs came in for me and a decision had to be made, I'd choose Blackpool straightaway."