Macca is staying put with boss Edinburgh
MACAULEY BONNE has given Leyton Orient the perfect promotion tonic by insisting: “I’m going nowhere.”
The 23-year-old has attracted the interest of a host of top clubs, including five from the Premier League, after netting 18 goals for the National League leaders so far this season.
But in the week where manager Justin Edinburgh committed his future to the title-chasing O’s by signing a new two-and-a-half year contract, Bonne’s agent Mathew Halford – of Oakmont Black Sports – has scotched rumours the Zimbabwean striker could be ready to leave Brisbane Road.
Reports suggest Leicester City were leading the chase for £500,000-rated Bonne with top-flight rivals Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Huddersfield also in the hunt. But although Halford admits there has been widespread interest in the former Colchester man, he insists Bonne is happy at Orient and focused purely on hitting a 30-goal season target to help the club win promotion back to the Football League.
“There has been a lot of speculation and interest in Macauley; I’ve had a lot of phone calls,” he told The
NLP amid further suggestions of links with a number of Championship clubs.
“But, as we’ve said all along, he is very happy at Leyton Orient and, out of loyalty to the club and the fans who have been so good to him, he wants to stay, certainly
until the end of the season and then we’ll see where we go from there.
“Macauley accepts that without the Orient fans he might not have done so well and his focus is on scoring 30-plus goals this season to help the club fulfil their ambitions.
“Of course, the interest is flattering but we are not keen on making the quick buck. There’s a bigger picture to look at and time is certainly on his side.
“Yes, he wants to play at the highest level, as all players do, but there is a right time to do it and a wrong time and with the club in such a good place on top of the league, now is not ideal.
“Macauley is a very humble lad who is not at all bothered by what the Press say or by links with various clubs. He is a down-to-earth guy from a working-class background who just wants to enjoy his football, which he is certainly doing at Leyton Orient right now.”
Halford revealed Bonne’s decision was not made in the wake of boss Edinburgh signing his contract extension, but he says working with the O’s chief is a major factor in him wanting to stay.
“He’s one of the lads and we love that about him,” he added. “He’s the same level as everyone else. That gives the squad a cohesion and a cultural fit that not just anyone can become a part of it. Macauley is very happy working with him.”
Bonne’s decision to stay will come as welcome relief to O’s fans following the news that captain Josh Coulson is set to be sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury.
The 29-year-old defender has started every league game for the O’s but picked up the injury in last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Salford City.
BONNE FIRE! Macauley Bonne is enjoying life at Leyton Orient under manager Justin Edinburgh, below