It has been a long, hard summer for Charlton forward Billy Clarke.
While his teammates enjoyed some time off during the close season, the Irishman was a daily visitor to the cub’s Sparrows Lane training ground.
He has worked tirelessly since injuring his knee against Blackburn Rovers in December and now Clarke is eyeing an Autumn return to first-team action.
“Mentally, it’s been really difficult and challenging,” said Clarke. “I was really disappointed when it initially happened. I’ve been in all summer and I’m still working really hard.
“It’s been tough and mentally when all of the boys are out training or playing games and you’re just in the gym on your own it is difficult.
“I’m hoping that it’s all for the good, though, and that’ll I’ll be coming back stronger than before and fitter than ever.”
Supporters can watch Clarke’s interview in full – where he reflects on his start to life at Charlton and explains how much he is looking forward to returning – on Valley Pass.