MK Dons striker links up with Russell Slade's squad
ORIENT have signed Milton Keynes Dons striker Charlie MacDonald on a contract until the end of the season.
The 31-year-old forward links up with the O’s to bolster their attacking options in time for Saturday’s npower League 1 match against Crewe Alexandra, subject to Football League clearance.
He scored in both fixtures for the Dons against Russell Slade’s men last season, among a total of 11 goals in his first season at stadiummk.
MacDonald has featured in 19 npower League 1 games for the Dons this season, helping them establish themselves as promotion challengers in the top six.
O’s boss Russell Slade said: “It’s no secret that we’ve been after a striker to add to our options up front, so I’m delighted to have signed Charlie.
“He has an excellent goalscoring record and is sure to complement David Mooney and the other strikers we have in the squad.
“He has good experience and is a good type, and we’re really looking forward to working with him over the months ahead.”
Born in south London, MacDonald was a young pro at Charlton Athletic, where he appeared in the top flight and scored a Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in December 2001.
He had to drop down to non-league with Margate, Stevenage, Crawley and Ebbsfleet before earning another shot at League football, when Southend took him to Roots Hall in 2007.
A year later he signed for Brentford and proved to be an instant success with the Griffin Park club, firing in 18 goals as the Bees won the League 2 title.
After three years and 40 League goals for the Bees, he linked up with MK Dons, where his goalscoring form continued with 11 strikes in 2011/12 – including those two against the O’s.
He will wear the number 14 shirt during his time with the O’s.