Striker agrees to season-long loan at Portman Road
Macauley Bonne has joined Town on a season-long loan from QPR.
The 25-year-old striker is the second arrival at Portman Road in 24 hours, following the signing of Rekeem Harper from West Brom on Friday.
Ipswich-born Macauley was part of the Town Academy up until U14 level, when, after a brief spell at Norwich, he joined Colchester.
He went on to make his professional debut for the U's in October 2013 and was there until 2017, when he completed a switch to Leyton Orient. In his two seasons at Orient he scored 45 goals in 90 League games - form that earned him a move to Charlton.
He continued his impressive goal return with 11 goals in 36 League games in the Championship before heading to QPR in October 2020 and marked his debut with a goal against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Zimbabwe international, who has made 35 appearances at Loftus Road, is now relishing the chance to put on the first-team shirt of his hometown club.
“It’s been 12 years since I left here when I was a kid and it’s great to be back,” Macauley told iFollow Ipswich.
“I’m a Town fan and as soon as I heard about the opportunity to come back here and play for the first-team, the team that I essentially love, it was a no-brainer. I can’t wait to get going now.
“Paul Cook is a character. He’s been dying to get it over the line. He seems like a guy I really want to work with and do well under, and it seems like he wants the same for me so that’s all I can ask for.”
Town CEO, Mark Ashton, added: “We are obviously delighted to get the deal done and welcome Macauley back to Ipswich Town.
"He has Championship experience and we wish him every success at this football club.
“It’s been a busy 24 hours and we are moving forward with one or two other additions as well that we hope to get over the line as soon as possible.”
See iFollow Ipswich for a full interview with Macauley on his return to Town and his ambitions for the season at Portman Road.
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