Leyton Orient. A team so close to securing Championship football back in 2014 via the play-offs, now find themselves battling it out in the National League.
It certainly has not been easy being an Orient fan over the last few years, with an irrational owner in the form of Francesco Bechetti effectively being the catalyst for Orient’s demise.
However, times are looking up at the Matchroom Stadium and fans have a genuine reason to be optimistic about the future of the east London outfit – this mainly thanks to new owner Nigel Travis, who with a consortium, bought the club from the hated Bechetti.
And one player who is part of the new Travis revolution is 21-year-old striker Macauley Bonne, who joined the O’s from Colchester United this summer for an undisclosed fee.
Brisbane Road looks like the perfect platform for the young forward to really kickstart his fledgling career, who has had stints at Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Colchester United, Lincoln and Woking.
Bonne took the time to conduct a Q&A with FLW Chief Editor Sam Rourke, regarding life at the O’s among other things.
1) How are you finding it at Leyton Orient?
I’m really enjoying my time at Orient it’s the best decision I could of made coming to such a big club, it was a no brainier.
2) What made you want to join Orient?
The manager being so keen to bring me in is always a good thing.
You could tell he wanted to work with me, also Orient is a massive club to play for.
I’m just grateful for the opportunity.
3) Do you feel the O’s have what it takes to make an immediate return to the Football League?
I have all faith in us getting back into the Football League.
We have a strong squad and everyone is hungry and have the right winning mentality which we need.
4) Obviously, you’re still very young, can you see yourself playing at the very top of English football?
I’m 21, it’s always the aim to make it to the top and play at the highest level so as long as I keep working hard and pushing myself in training and games, there’s no reason why I can’t.
5) Prior to Orient, you were at Colchester, where do you see them finishing this season?
I was at Colchester for many years, and I really hope they do well this season.
I really do wish them the best.
6) Describe your personality in three words
I’m a bit different
7) Describe your playing style in three words
Aggressive, powerful and positive
8) Do you have any superstitions?
Not really a superstition, just I have my late sister’s name tattooed on my arm.
I give it a little kiss for luck every time I go on the pitch and score.
9) It’s only just started, but how are you finding the National League? Is it different or similar to the Football League?
I’m enjoying playing in the National League.
It’s a tough league with a lot of very good teams and players.
I’m adapting and i’m adjusting quick, i’m loving every minute of it.