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BREAKING: Varney Returns To Owls

Derby County striker Luke Varney has returned to Hillsborough on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The former Charlton and Crewe hitman spent the first half of the current campaign in the blue and white of Wednesday after being deemed surplus to requirements at Pride Park.

And the 27-year-old has secured a return to S6 in time for Saturday's crunch clash against relegation rivals Peterborough United.

Former Wednesday boss Brian Laws introduced Varney to the Owls faithful.

But new boss Alan Irvine has agreed to Varney's return, something which was maybe helped by an injury to Jermaine Johnson at Blackpool on Tuesday.

'Luke Varney is a player that I have admired very much since he started his league career at Crewe.,' Irvine told the official SWFC website.

'He has a tremendous work ethic and the right attributes that I seek in a player. Luke has already proved himself a very popular player during his two loan spells so far with Sheffield Wednesday and I am delighted to welcome him back to the club for the rest of the season.'

Varney is set to go straight into the squad for this weekend's visit of Peterborough.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 21 2010

Time: 10:38AM

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good news, especially with an injury to johnson, doesnt score as many as i would like, but effort that he puts in makes up for this, hope he scores on sat!
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21/01/2010 12:29:00

runs his socks off just what we need
dublin owl
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21/01/2010 12:31:00

Definitely Irvines type of player, good tactical awareness, awareness and versatility and a tremendous workrate. Good news!
north stand owl
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21/01/2010 12:36:00

Not overly impressed but let the manager manage. AL's doing fine for me.
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21/01/2010 13:00:00

With Irvine stating last week that he couldn't bring anyone in unless someone went out, can we assume that someone is leaving? Great to see Varney back, but I hope it doesn't mean we are set to lose Grant or Tudgay.
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21/01/2010 13:00:00

Probably means no extension for saores and use the money that frees up.
north stand owl
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21/01/2010 13:32:00

I didn't really want him back but Irvine knows him so I'm happy to trust him.
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21/01/2010 14:17:00

Or the investment could have arrived north stand owl! I some how doubt it though. I think this is a good signing for us even if we have had to spend money we don't least he gives 100%.
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21/01/2010 14:19:00

I think he provides something we don't get from others on our books so he is a welcome addition. I am not certainabout the finacial position we "sold" Wood therefore this must have generated funds. I suspect Irvine will being another couple of players in before the 3 month loan period ends in first week of February. I also suspect if we got a good offer for Grant he would be sold. I accept Grant is a good goal keeper but others in this division and beow are as good if not better for example Loach and Smithies. Hence we may be able to find a reasonable keeper and strengthen areas of the team where we are short namely right side of defence.
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21/01/2010 14:48:00

Haha Cliff, is that what we're all obliged to say now as Wednesdayites? Start every comment with 'the investment may have arrived'? I'm surprised Varneys not getting a warmer welcome, 1 every 3 starts is a good return in whats generally been a team not winning many games and not making many chances, and we know he works well with Tudgay.
north stand owl
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21/01/2010 17:01:00

i bet hes come in by using the frred up money by some of the backroom staff leaving.
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21/01/2010 18:09:00

Runs his socks off but my cats got better skills thats why he cant get a game at derby waste of money but AL is the man!
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21/01/2010 19:40:00

I was all giddy wen yday i heard on Radio that we ad signed a new player only to be slighty dwn beat on hearing who it was.Yes i liked him wen he 1st came to Hillsborough,but he 2 went off the boil abit like rest of squad hopefully we will see the best of him under Mr Irvine.
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22/01/2010 07:53:00

According to the official site Varney's took the no 15 shirt does that mean Beevers is going or is it a mistake ?
ecco owl
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22/01/2010 10:24:00

the money's been freed from the compensation from backroom staff. in terms of investment, word from inside Hillsbro last week is that talks are still ongoing... sounds all too familiar but we'll see
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22/01/2010 10:42:00

Think they must mean No 16 shirt, Richard Wood, ecco
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22/01/2010 13:10:00


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