Leyton Orient have signed striker Macauley Bonne from Colchester United for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract, keeping him at Brisbane Road until 2019.
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Born: Ipswich, England
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Career Apps: 99
Macauley began his career with his local club Ipswich Town and progressed through their academy into his teenage years. In 2009 he had a short spell at Norwich City’s academy before moving on to Colchester United.
Bonne was in prolific goalscoring form for the U’s youth team, scoring 46 goals in 54 games and that led to him breaking through into the first team set-up. He made his senior debut in October 2013 and on his home
He made his senior debut in October 2013 and on his home debut he marked his 18th birthday by scoring the only goal of the game to give Colchester a victory over Peterborough. Macauley managed three goals in his first six games with the U’s and finished the 2013/14 season with 15 appearances under his belt.
In the following season, Bonne was used sparingly by new U’s boss Tony Humes. He scored in his first start of the season, but that was his only goal in his 10 appearances in 2014/15. Nevertheless, his contract with the U’s was extended.
In 2015/16 Bonne saw far more action as he made 37 appearances for Colchester in all competitions. Macauley impressed in the 6-2 win over Wealdstone in the FA Cup as he grabbed four goals to help the U’s progress. He ended the campaign as Colchester’s second-highest goalscorer with a total of nine goals in all competitions.
At the beginning of last term, Macauley was loaned out to National League side Lincoln City. He scored one goal in eight appearances for the Imps before being recalled by the U’s.
After another run in the Colchester side, Macauley was loaned out again to the National League, this time joining Woking on a one-month loan. Unfortunately, Bonne didn’t manage to find the net in any of his seven games for the Cards.
Macauley returned to Colchester for the rest of the campaign and grabbed his third goal of the season against the O’s in April. Bonne scored to make it 3-1 to Colchester, muscling Parkes off of the ball before finding the far corner of the Orient net with a shot on the turn. That was, of course, the last goal in the Football League at Brisbane Road for at least a season.
Bonne leaves Colchester after eight years at the club having made 84 appearances for the U’s and having scored 15 goals.
Macauley has also been capped at youth level by Zimbabwe. He made his debut for Zimbabwe Under-23s against Morocco in November 2014 and scored in a 2-1 defeat. He has also received call-ups to the senior Zimbabwe side but is yet to make an appearance.
— Macauley bonne (@macauleybonne) July 14, 2017
Bonne is the seventh new addition of the summer and the third transfer since the arrival of head coach Steve Davis. Macauley is also the first player arrive for a transfer fee under Nigel Travis’ consortium.