HARRY Clarke has described his time with Oldham Athletic as "an incredible experience".

The 20-year-old defender has returned to parent club Arsenal for the remainder of the Premier League season after completing his season-long loan at Boundary Park.

It was the versatile centre half's first spell away from the Emirates and first league experience.

And after playing 35 games, in all competitions, he feels it is a move that he has benefited from greatly.

The only down side, as far as Clarke was concerned, was not being able to play in front of supporters, with the 2020/21 campaign played out behind closed doors at Boundary Park due to coronavirus restrictions.

Clarke took to social media to deliver a message to supporters, tweeting: "As my time at @officialoafc comes to an end, I’d like to thank the coaching staff & a top bunch of boys for everything this season.

"To have played 35 games in my first season of league football has been an incredible experience.

"I’m gutted to (have) not played in front of you fans during this difficult time.

"I wish the club all the best in the future, it’s been a pleasure #OAFC."

Clarke, who played in the Papa John's Trophy for Arsenal Under 21s against Crawley before his move to the north west, scored once for Latics, securing a late win at home to Cheltenham, who went on to secure the League Two title on the final day of the season.