Danny Mills is gunning for City

Danny Mills has a promotion double in his sights as he prepares for his second home debut for Charlton - which just happens to be against his first club, Norwich City.

Danny Mills has a promotion double in his sights as he prepares for his second home debut for Charlton - which just happens to be against his first club, Norwich City.

The 30-year-old former England full-back has returned to The Valley on loan until January, 10 seasons after helping the London club into the Premier League for the first time through the play-offs.

Mills made the first appearance of his loan spell in the 1-0 Championship victory at big rivals Crystal Palace a fortnight ago and was expected to be in the Charlton side visiting Colchester today.

But by one of those happy coincidences, his South London homecoming will be on Tuesday night (8pm) against the Canaries, managed by his former Carrow Road team-mate, Peter Grant.

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Mills left City for Charlton in March 1998 for £250,000 and within two months they had booked a place in the top flight after beating Sunderland in the Division One play-off final at Wembley. A year later he joined Leeds for £4m.

Interviewed for Charlton's official website, he said: "I had 15 months here. I had some good times and some bad times. I signed here and we went on a fantastic run, culminating in promotion by the play-off final.

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"The following year, the first season in the Premiership for Charlton, didn't end so well when we got relegated. I left in that summer. In the end, it wasn't a difficult decision. Leeds came knocking on my door and it was an opportunity not to be missed.

"The following two seasons I played in two European Cup semi-finals. At the time there weren't too many saleable assets as a club for big money and I think they made over £4m profit in a year. It was a wrench to leave - I had great times here - but it worked out well for me and worked out well for Charlton as well."

Playing at right-back for England in the World Cup finals in 2002, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to Brazil, and a Carling Cup win while on loan at Middlesbrough in 2004 were career highlights for Mills before his free transfer to Manchester City. He had a spell on loan at Hull last season.

But now he's back at The Valley and would dearly love to help steer Alan Pardew's team back to the top flight.

He said: "It would be great. There is no better feeling in football than winning something or getting promotion. It's just a fantastic feeling. This time if I can help get them into the play-off positions by Christmas, hopefully higher, that gives you a tremendous footing going into the second half of the season.

"We've got a job to do, to get Charlton not only into the play-off positions but into the automatic promotion positions."

The Hull connection helped pave the way for Mills' loan move to Charlton after new Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson told him he did not figure in his first team plans. Pardew's assistant boss, Phil Parkinson, was manager during Mills' spell at the KC Stadium last season.

Said Mills: "I know Phil Parkinson from Hull and it's gone from there. "I just need to get playing. I'm very, very grateful for Charlton giving me a chance."

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