Luke Varney joins Burton on a free from Derby


Luke Varney: Moves to Burton

Burton have bolstered their strikeforce by swooping to sign Luke Varney on a free transfer from Championship rivals Ipswich.The 34-year-old, who scored five goals in 43 league appearances for the Tractor Boys, has agreed an 18-month contract at the Pirelli Stadium.

Varney had just under a week remaining on the six-month deal he signed at Portman Road last summer but Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy agreed to release him early.

Brewers manager Nigel Clough, who also managed Varney at Derby, told the club’s official website: “He’s a good, experienced Championship player who we hope will help us out in the second half of the season. He plays a few different positions, wide midfield or up front.

“He’s featured for Ipswich this season and got a couple of goals as well but wanted to come back to the area and he will be a good addition to our squad.

“He gives us something different to what we have got and is a good signing for us at this stage. He only signed a six-month deal at Ipswich which is why he is available in January.”

Varney began his professional career at Crewe following a prolific spell with non-league Quorn and has also played for Charlton, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool, Portsmouth, Leeds and Blackburn.

He will be eligible to make his Burton debut in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Premier League Watford.

A statement on Ipswich’s website read: “Everyone at the club wishes Luke well for the future and we thank him for all his efforts in a blue shirt.”