Billy Clarke won’t celebrate if he scores against his old club Bradford on Saturday.

Clarke, 29, ended his three-year spell with the Bantams to join Charlton in the summer.

His last appearance in a Bradford shirt came in their League One play-off final defeat to Millwall last season.

And Clarke is expecting a good reception when he returns to Valley Parade for the first time since leaving.

He told News Shopper: “I loved my time there and I think I documented, quite well, how much I enjoyed it.

“Every year that I was there, we had progress. From finishing seventh, to the play-offs, to the play-off final. So I loved my time there. My family are still living up north now.

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“I can’t wait to go back - there’s obviously going to be a great atmosphere.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some friends that I still have there. So it’ll be nice. And after the game, I’ll be home in 20 minutes.”

Clarke has become an integral part of Karl Robinson's Charlton team, scoring twice and showcasing his skill and vision on the ball. 

He was rested for the Addicks’ 1-1 draw with Oxford on Tuesday, but is likely to be restored to the starting line-up against Bradford.

The playmaker insists his respect for Bradford fans means he won’t celebrate if he scores.

Clarke said: “I doubt I’ll celebrate. I’d obviously love to score. But I wouldn’t [celebrate].

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Billy Clarke | Picture: Benjamin Peters Photography

“It would just be nice to score - I’d like to score in any game - but it would obviously be nice to score against Bradford.”

Fifth-placed Charlton and third-placed Bradford are among the promotion favourites in League One.

And Clarke believes Stuart McCall’s side will be in the top six come May.

He added: “It was difficult to know what was going to happen to them because they had a lot of players leave again.

“But the manager has assembled a good group and they have started well. They’ve kept some experience there and have done well.

“I’m sure, if not top two, they’ll certainly be in the play-offs.”