Newly-promoted Championship side Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of forward Macauley Bonne from Leyton Orient, as announced by the club’s official website.
The 23-year-old has become the Addicks’ first signing since promotion to the second tier was clinched via the play-offs.
He joins having played a crucial role for Leyton Orient last season, helping the O’s lift the National League title and scoring 23 goals in the process.
Charlton’s Head of Recruitment, Steve Gallen, had been tracking Bonne for two years prior to securing his services and expressed his delight at the completion of the signing:
“Macauley’s been part of the team that won the National League, and he’s scored a lot of goals and as I say he’s someone who we’ve been watching for a while. The manager and I talked about him in January as a potential replacement for Karlan (Grant) at that stage to see if we could do it. We couldn’t at that stage, but we’re now really pleased to get him.”
Before turning professional, Zimbabwe international Bonne represented Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Colchester United at youth level. Whilst learning his trade, the forward become acquainted with Charlton’s facilities and sees the move as one that will allow him to develop further:
“I’ve played against Charlton from when I was a kid coming through the academies. So I remember travelling to the training ground and it’s been a place that I’ve enjoyed playing at and when the opportunity came to play for the first team, I knew it was the place for me to come.
“[I signed because] of the opportunities. Seeing how they’ve had a young team for the past two seasons and they’ve managed to get where they have with the youth in there. I thought it was the best move for me to progress at and become a better player.”