Striker happy to get away from Leeds United debacle

Luke Varney is happy to move to Blackburn Rovers on loan so he can now just concentrate on his football.

After a week of turmoil and uncertainty at Elland Road, Luke Varney was happy that an opportunity to move to Blackburn Rovers on loan arose.

The former Crewe striker completed the move in time to feature on Saturday against Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the club after coming on as a substitute in the goalless draw. Varney had only played 11 times for Leeds this season in the league and a move had been on the cards in January. Blackpool were linked with bringing him back to Bloomfield Road but a transfer never materialised.

He also reportedly refused to play for Leeds in a match against Ipswich Town on the 28th January because he wanted to force a move. The speculation regarding the impending takeover from Massimo Cellino and then the 'sacking' of Brian McDermott has been hard for everyone at the club, and Varney is glad to leave it all.

"I've had a lot of conversations with the [Blackburn] manager [Gary Bowyer] and I was happy to get it over the line after a week of turmoil at Leeds," Varney told BBC Radio Lancashire

"Once it was made aware that I might not get a contract next year at Leeds, they stopped playing me and I understood I would have to move on. I can put all that behind me now and use that negative - it's not anger - but there's a lot inside that I need to get out and I'm hoping to do that on the pitch for Blackburn."

Blackburn Rovers are just one place above Leeds United in the Championship table and both are battling for a place in the play-offs.

Paul Green was another player to leave Leeds over the weekend. He joined Ipswich Town on loan having not featured for Leeds since October. Many players will be looking at a move away from Elland Road with the future of the club and the management unknown.

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