Date: 11th June 2017 at 4:30pm
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Billy Clarke, who played his last game for Bradford against his new clubs rivals Millwall in May’s play-off final defeat, has completed his transfer to Charlton.

An undisclosed fee has taken Clarke, 29, to South London on a two year contract, ending his three year spell at Valley Parade, which saw him score 25 goals in 122 games in total.

Charlton boss Karl Robinson said he had tried to sign Clarke ‘a number of times’ during his managerial career so was happy to clinch a deal for one of the ‘best players in League One.’

Upon his exit a statement on the Official Website read: ‘The Club can confirm that Billy Clarke has left the Northern Commercials Stadium to join Charlton Athletic on a permanent deal. Clarke has joined Charlton for an undisclosed fee.’

Concluding, it thanked the cork-born forward for him for his efforts: ‘The Club would like to thank Billy for all of his efforts during his time with Bradford City.’

Clarke has admitted he didn’t need much persuading to join Charlton.

He was quoted by the News Shopper: ‘I didn’t need any persuading to join. When my agent said a bid had been accepted – that was all I needed to hear from the Bradford side of things. I was, kind of, no longer wanted there. The move was a no-brainer from then on. I`m absolutely over the moon to be here.’

It wasn’t the way he wanted his Bradford career to come to an end, Clarke would have preferred it if City kept him in the loop, but he knows that’s football for you and he moves on.

Adding: ‘It was disappointing not to hear a word from anyone at Bradford. Possibly, they were waiting until it was official, but it`s football. They wanted to go down a different road. I still have a place in my heart for Bradford and to wish them anything other than success would be poor of me. Charlton will be my focus now.’

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