Varney holds no Derby grudge

Pompey striker looking forward to facing his former club

Luke Varney: Portsmouth striker bears no animosity towards his former club Derby

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Portsmouth striker Luke Varney insists that there will be no animosity when he faces his former club Derby County this weekend.

The 29-year-old made just six appearances for the Rams during his two-and-a-half year stay at Pride Park after signing on a permanent basis from Charlton Athletic.

However, the in-form forward says he is grateful to the club for allowing him to play Premier League football last season whilst on loan at Blackpool.

"I've got no hard feelings against Derby because it was a financial decision to let me go, but I'd like to do well against them and the same applies to Blackpool," Varney told


"I had a great time there and still have a lot of friends that are still there, so I will definitely look forward to both of those games.

"As far as I am concerned it is just a game of football at the end of the day and I will do all I can to play well and help the team come out with three points.

"It was mainly frustrating because when I did go out on loan I was scoring goals regularly.

"I scored more goals at Sheffield Wednesday than any Derby player scored that year, so to come back and not get back into the side was frustrating.

"Financial constraints on the club made it difficult for the gaffer to play me regularly, but being a Leicester lad meant that it wasn't a huge commute for me.

"These things happen and people have different opinions on players etc, but I'm very pleased with how things worked out because if it wasn't for being left out at Derby I probably wouldn't have been given the chance to play in the Premier League for Blackpool.

"So, really I should thank Derby for giving me that opportunity and also allowing me to continue my career down here with Portsmouth.

"I had a great time in the Premier League with Blackpool and I was much happier playing regularly and scoring goals in the top-flight than finishing 19th in the Championship with Derby."