A wet weekend in Blackpool might not be everyone's idea of fun, but Luke Varney relished the bracing sea air.
Out of favour at Derby, the striker took a late-night phone call on Thursday he hopes will change the course of his career. Varney, 27, had no hesitation in accepting an offer to head to Bloomfield Road on loan until the end of the season. Manager Ian Holloway then threw him in at the deep end against Fulham even though he had only played 90 minutes this season.
It proved to be a clever piece of thinking as Varney capped an impressive performance with a glorious goal. He got on the end of a through-ball from Brett Ormerod and hit a first-time shot across goalkeeper David Stockdale and into the net.
Varney is hoping to kick on and settle down after a career that has seen him also play for Crewe, Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday after starting out at non-league Quorn.
He said: "I got a call at 11.20 on Thursday night and it was definitely an opportunity I could not turn down. I needed a club as I need to play. I was close to joining a couple of Championship teams but it is a massive bonus to play in this league.
"I was really pleased to be involved. To get a start was really positive. I did not know what was going to happen. The goal came after we had worked on the move on the training ground. It is always good when these things come off. I am just slightly disappointed we didn't get the win."