Varney backs Pompey pulling power

Luke Varney has been selling Pompey to potential targets
Luke Varney has been selling Pompey to potential targets
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Luke Varney insists Pompey will continue to be a big draw to signings for their League One campaign.

And the striker revealed he has been contacted by a string of players sounding him out about prospective moves to Fratton Park.

Varney has given a ringing endorsement of boss Michael Appleton and his attributes to those who have been in touch.

And the same goes for the potential of the club he arrived at from Derby last summer.

The 29-year-old believes Appleton will have no problem convincing players to make a move to the Blues, despite their relegation last season.

The Pompey boss’ problem lies in waiting to bring in new faces while the club still remain in administration.

That has already seen a string of potential recruits move to other teams.

Varney feels those who are prepared to be patient and wait for Pompey’s future to be resolved will get their rewards.

And, despite Varney being likely to leave Fratton this summer because of his high wages, he has been keen to tell those who have sounded him out exactly that.

Varney said: ‘If Michael had a level playing field, I think he’d have a great chance next season. A lot of players have asked me about him.

‘Portsmouth is an interesting team for players in any league, really.

‘It’s such a massive club.

‘So I have been asked about him by a lot of players – and I’ve been very positive about him. There are players who are out of contract and Portsmouth have been in touch with them.

‘So I get asked what he is like and what the club is like.

‘I’ve had nothing but positive things to say about the place – especially the manager.’

Varney is eager to see what Appleton can offer at Pompey next season.

He feels his manager did not have a fair opportunity to show what he could do after succeeding Steve Cotterill as boss last November.

Varney reck-ons administration and being forced to decimate his squad ruled out any hope of his side being competitive.

The £750,000 signing is now hoping Appleton gets to operate on a level footing with his rivals in the new campaign.

Varney said: ‘I’m just gutted that once he came in, the embargo was on and what have you.

‘He’s been on a hiding to nothing from the start, really.

‘I’m just really looking forward to seeing what he can do next year.

‘I’m sure he can get Portsmouth firing on all cylinders and get them back where they belong.’