Varney was all set for several months in Derby's reserves before he received the call from Blackpool.
He said: “I got the shock of my life. I was training at Derby and got the call at 11.20pm on a Thursday to say the club had accepted a bid from Blackpool.
“I couldn’t believe it. The Premier League? I didn’t think I was quite ready for that. But I came to the Hilton and decided to go for a walk to get a newspaper from the shops. Six people asked me for a light on the way down. It was such a culture shock.
“Being in the heart of it all those first few days was scary. There were hen and stag do’s everywhere. I was lucky I didn’t get dragged into the parties.
“It was that hectic walking past bars and clubs and everyone was trying to get me in. I can remember, too, that I was trying to get to sleep in the hotel and there were people sprinting up and down the corridor dressed as God-knows what.
“The first few games in the Premier League I was in dreamland, just looking at the players I was up against. And I can say it’s been an amazing transformation for me after being at Crewe, working in a factory selling ladies clothing to where I am now playing in the Premier League and meeting royalty. I’m so lucky.”
Varney feels he’s lucky, too, to be at a club like Blackpool under laugh-a-minute Ian Holloway. “We trained on the beach one day and the gaffer was marking out a full-size pitch on the sand. I can remember three dogs ran on and let loose.
“The gaffer was running around scooping up all the dog stuff. It was manic.”