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MacDONALD: 'It Was A No Brainer To Sign'

11 January 2013

New signing can't wait to get started against Crewe on Saturday

CHARLIE MacDONALD became Orient's first arrival of the January transfer window on Friday afternoon and declared he is ready to make up for lost time at Brisbane Road.

The 31-year-old forward signs on a six-month contract from Milton Keynes Dons, where he scored 11 goals last season but found his starting opportunities more limited this term.

He could be thrust straight into action when the O's take on Crewe on Saturday with Kevin Lisbie out injured and the former Brentford man can't wait to get going.

"I'm very excited to be here," he said. "I just want to get on the pitch now and play some games. It's been a while since I played some competitive football, so the interest Orient showed in bringing me here made it a no brainer to sign.

"I knew there was an interest in me - the gaffer at Milton Keynes said there was an interest on loan deadline day. Nothing materialised then, so it was a case of waiting my time. I knew I'd be going somewhere this month and Orient were the main contenders so I'm delighted to sign.

"I've seen the fixtures and there are 22 League games left, so I wanted to get this done asap so I could get straight into it.

"The match fitness will come with games, but I just want to hit the ground running and maintain that.

"It's Crewe tomorrow - I've played against them already this season for Milton Keynes and managed to get on the scoresheet, so hopefully I can do the same tomorrow.

"I'd say I'm a typical box player, anything that comes into the box I want to get on the end of - a bit of a poacher.

"I've always been a goalscorer, I'll link the play and bring midfielders in before getting in the box, because that's where I'll do the damage."

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