Super-striker Charlie MacDonald impresses Oldham manager in draw against Dinamo Bucharest

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson has every faith that striker Charlie MacDonald will deliver goals for Latics after scoring in his first appearance against Dinamo Bucharest on Friday.

MacDonald, no stranger to scoring in debut matches with goals for Brentford and MK Dons, got a 68th minute stunner in Oldham’s 2-2 draw against the Romanian side at Leigh Sports Village.

The 32-year-old gave fans a glimpse of what could lie ahead for the forthcoming season with Johnson impressed with his new signing.

“What has surprised me has been the quality of Charlie’s finishing,” said the Oldham manager.

“I had him down as a workaholic and clever player, but I never thought of him as a clinical finisher. What I have seen of Charlie, I am sure he will score goals for us.”

MacDonald signed a one-year deal at Boundary Park, with the option of a second, after being released from League One rivals Leyton Orient.

He made 20 appearances and scored three times for Orient after moving from MK Dons in January 2013.

Having spent most of his career down south, MacDonald decided to take on a new challenge by leaving his family in London and was pleased with how the next chapter of his career began.

“It is lovely to get off the mark on your debut and it makes you think you have settled in straightaway, though obviously it counts for nothing at this early stage of the season,” he said.

“I am excited to get pre-season finished and to start the season.” 

The pre-season friendly against Dinamo Bucharest also featured MacDonald’s fellow signings Korey Smith, Sidney Schmeltz, James Dayton and Jonson Clarke-Harris with only loanee Mark Oxley missing out.

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