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Luke Varney

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Biography

Date of birth

28/09/1982

Height

180 cm

Signed

04/01/2017

Country

England

A highly experienced campaigner at Championship level, Luke checked in with the Brewers in early January at the end of his short-term deal with Ipswich Town and is credited with scoring the goal (v Barnsley) that secured Albion's Championship survival in the penultimate game of last term.

Luke had spent almost two years at Portman Road after initially joining on loan from Blackburn Rovers, extending his stay with the Tractor Boys despite a nasty injury picked up against East Anglian rivals Norwich City in the play-off semi-finals in 2015 and agreeing a six month deal last summer as cover for injuries in the Ipswich squad.

Luke started out in non-league with Quorn, a prolific goalscoring spell bringing him to the attentions of Crewe Alexandra who paid £50,000 to take him to Gresty Road. A 25-goal haul in 2006-07 brought him to the attention of bigger clubs with Charlton Athletic splashing out a fee in excess of £2m to take him to The Valley.

Towards the end of his second year with the Addicks a loan spell at Derby County led to a £1m move to Pride Park, illness and injuries disrupting his time with the Rams and leading to loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and latterly Blackpool for their Premier League campaign where Luke netted five times.

Portsmouth signed Luke after his release from Derby and after a year on the south coast a two-year deal at Elland Road took him back north to Leeds United from where he joined Blackburn Rovers initially on loan in 2014.

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