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Macauley Bonne targets promotion with Ipswich Town after confirmation QPR striker will see out the season with the Suffolk club



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Ipswich Town have confirmed striker Macauley Bonne will see out his season-long loan from QPR in Suffolk.

The Ipswich-raised striker has scored 12 goals in 24 Sky Bet League One games this term, leading to speculation he would return to Loftus Road as well as being targeted by other Championship clubs.

But the both the Tractor Boys and the player had made it clear they were wished for him to stay at Portman Road with his parent club having now agreed to that.

Macauley Bonne poses for pictures with Ipswich Town's travelling fans at Gillingham, having ended his recent goal drought in the 4-0 victory Picture: Andy Jones
Macauley Bonne poses for pictures with Ipswich Town's travelling fans at Gillingham, having ended his recent goal drought in the 4-0 victory Picture: Andy Jones

Bonne, who ended his recent goal drought in the 4-0 away win at Gillingham last weekend, admitted the speculation had been unsettling, but he is now focused on delivering promotion for his boyhood club.

“I’m happy to have secured the second half of the season at this place," he told iFollow Ipswich.

“There was a lot of speculation about what was going on with me coming into January. I won’t lie to you, it did affect me a bit, not just goals wise but off the pitch as well.

“It’s been hard work. It’s not been easy keeping me here. It’s a big thank you to everyone who has helped me out so far.

“I’ve come here to start and finish something. I’m not going to jump ship halfway through a season, that’s not in my nature.

"There’s only one aim now, and that is promotion. I couldn’t have seen myself playing football anywhere else this season bar Ipswich Town.

Town boss Kieran McKenna added: "Macauley has been a vital player for the club throughout the season. He is someone that has a lot to offer to the team on and off the pitch, so I am delighted that he will be staying with us for the rest of the campaign.

"We can continue to focus on the important games coming up, starting with Bolton tomorrow."

The Blues go into the game at the University of Bolton Stadium 10th in the table, following back-to-back wins in Mckenna's first two games, and with an eight-point gap to the play-offs.

Read the Town boss' thoughts ahead of the fixture here.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed earlier today that defender Toto Nsiala has left the club.