Pompey forward eyes top six

Luke Varney
Luke Varney
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Flying start for Pompey with Cardiff swept aside

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Luke Varney heralded his move to Pompey as the biggest of his career and insisted: We’re aiming for the play-offs.

The Blues forward laid down a top-six marker for his team as they gear up for this weekend’s meeting with Cardiff.

Varney believes his arrival at Fratton Park will prove to be the key move of his time in football after inking a three-year deal at the age of 28.

And he is determined to ensure the £750,000 switch from Derby proves a success.

Steve Cotterill has remained coy on Pompey’s ambitions for this season as he goes about his rebuilding job.

But Varney, who spent last season plying his trade in the Premier League at Blackpool, has made it clear his team are looking for a play-off finish.

Varney said: ‘I see this move as the main contract of my career.

‘It is going to take up the best years of my career really.

‘I spoke to Steve and once that had happened there was nothing more I wanted to do.

‘He is a motivational man and he was someone I’d wanted to work with for a long time.

‘I knew my best years were going to be here and I’m looking forward to trying to make the Pompey fans happy. We’ve got to aim high as possible now.

‘Everyone looks to the play-offs. The top six has to be the aim. If we can strengthen in a couple of areas, we will have a great chance.

‘We have a strong team on the field, though.

‘If the gaffer can get some more players then great, if not we’ll get on with it.’

Varney admitted he felt immediately at home in his surroundings after his arrival at the club.

He has started every game this season after Cotterill undertook a lengthy pursuit to secure his services.

Varney stated it was the chance to work with his new manager which proved a big draw.

He said: ‘The gaffer was a big appeal. When I’ve played against him, I’ve seen him on the sidelines and noticed him.

‘He gave off the aura of someone I wanted to work with.

‘I want to repay the faith he’s shown in me.

‘The gaffer is approachable but if you get on the wrong side of him he can let you know as well.

‘He’ll have his money’s worth in the dressing room. I like that. That’s what exactly what you need.

‘He sold the club to me and said we are going to be ambitious.

‘I knew about the players who were here. The area was an appeal, too.

‘I’ve got my wife and a baby on the way in September.

‘It’s a nice place to live and a nice place to set up and be comfortable with your football.

‘It’s all going well at the moment.

‘Hopefully we can pick up a few more points and we’ll be pleased.’