Pompey forward insists there’s more to come

Luke Varney
Luke Varney
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Luke Varney reflected on the opening month of Pompey’s season and vowed: There’s more to come.

The summer recruit has enjoyed an encouraging start to his Fratton Park career.

A goal on his debut at Middlesbrough has been followed by a number of decent displays which auger well for the 28-year-old’s Blues future.

Varney also netted the consolation in last week’s 5-1 friendly defeat at Real Betis.

His ability to play as a central striker as well as wide on the left has been utilised on occasions by Steve Cotterill in the opening six matches.

The hard-working Varney regards his initial Pompey form as ‘okay’.

And he has promised fans there is plenty more to come as the team begin to knit together.

He said: ‘My own form has been okay.

‘I particularly enjoyed the Reading game.

‘There is definitely more to come from me, though.

‘I am not worried about my form at all.

‘I have enjoyed the first few games.

‘I think the lads have been happy with my input – so there are no problems there.

‘I actually think there is a lot more to come from all of us.

‘I feel we are getting stronger, me personally as well.

‘It has been a tough few weeks since the start of the season and we will benefit from it.

‘Once the team play well, individual performances can come out.

‘I have enjoyed being part of what has been a good unit so far.

‘I have played a lot narrower playing 4-4-2 in the last couple of games and the gaffer has asked me to play a different role.

‘But I am still getting out there and have just got to probably learn a bit more about positions.

‘I’ve got some great lads inside me – like Chuck (Norris) – and I’m learning all the time.

‘Playing wide, you learn how to put those balls in.

‘You learn when to drift out wide, get the ball in or even get some shots in.

‘Overall, I have enjoyed the first couple of months and I am sure I will get better.’

It has been a steady start to the campaign from Cotterill’s new-look side.

They find themselves sitting in 12th spot in the Championship having lost one of their opening five matches.

Even then, that Brighton defeat could have been avoided had Liam Lawrence netted with a last-gasp penalty.

And Varney has been encouraged with how the side is beginning to gel together.

He added: ‘We’re progressing and the squad is definitely getting stronger.

‘We feel we are getting stronger with every game now and I think that has shown.

‘We know what we are going to have to do this year.

‘We are going to have to work our socks off – it’s a tough league.

‘There are some great fixtures coming up and we are all excited about the future.’