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20 February 2015

Striker makes switch to Portman Road from Ewood Park until the end of Town's season

  • Striker makes loan switch
  • Arrives at Town from Blackburn
  • Will wear number 15 for Town
  • Could make his debut at the weekend

Mick McCarthy has added to his squad with Luke Varney joining the Club on loan from Blackburn. 

The 32-year-old striker, who has 350 first-team appearances to his name, including a season in the Premier League with Blackpool, will train with his new team-mates this morning. 

The paperwork will be completed in time for Luke to be included in the squad for Saturday’s game against Reading. 

The loan is initially for a month but an agreement is in place that should give Blues the option to extend his stay at Portman Road until the end of Town’s season. 

The Town boss has moved quickly to add to his striking options, with news that Noel Hunt is expected to be out of action until the end of the season after sustaining a knee ligament injury in last week’s win at Fulham.

“It’s a big blow for us and obviously a big disappointment for Noel as well,” Mick told the Club website.

“He’s been great around the place and he’s made his mark on the pitch as well. We’ll look after him and we wish him a quick recovery.

“Luke is an experienced striker who knows what the Championship is all about, as well as playing in the Premier League and he fits in with what we are looking for in a player. We’re delighted to have him here.”

Varney, who will wear the number 15 shirt, began his career at non-League side Quorn before joining Crewe Alexandra and emerging as one of the brightest young talents outside of the Premier League.

He then secured a switch to Charlton Athletic, spending two years at The Valley before moving to Derby County - initially on loan.

Loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool followed before Luke moved to the south coast to join Portsmouth. He has since turned out for Leeds and Blackburn, scoring six times for the Whites.

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