LUKE Varney has told Blackpool he’d “snap their hands off” if the club gave him an opportunity to return.
The striker is back at Derby after his season-long loan spell at Bloomfield Road.
Varney enjoyed his first ever taste of top-flight football at Pool, scoring five goals.
The first half of his season was particularly successful, and although the outcome was relegation to the Championship he still holds the club in high regard.
The 28-year-old, who is under contract at Derby for another year, said: “I spoke to the gaffer briefly after the Manchester United game and told him that if there was ever an opportunity to come back I’d snap his hand off.
“You never know in football. Even if there was a case of me coming back on loan I’d definitely embrace that. I’d never say never.
“It is a place I know, and if two clubs came in for me and a decision had to be made, I’d choose Blackpool straightaway.
“Whatever happens, I’d like to wish the club and everyone involved all the very best.
“If I don’t see them again next season, then I’ll be cheering them on from wherever I may be.”
Varney started the campaign like a house on fire, scored a stunner against Wolves in November and smacked in his fifth goal of the season at Bolton a week later.
That led to rumours that half of the Premier League clubs were interested in signing him ... but then the goals dried up.
He added: “Looking back now, I was flying at that point and aiming to get 10 goals for the season.
“Once you hit five you hope to get into double figures and I felt really good about my form. I don’t know what happened after that.
“In January, people were asking who I was going to sign for and I was trying to say, ‘Look, I’m not interested in going anywhere’.
“I know a couple of clubs asked if I was willing to move but I told them I was really settled at Blackpool.
“I wouldn’t say the speculation affected me or put me off at all, but little things like that can knock you out of your rhythm.”
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