Star striker Macauley Bonne has handed both Justin Edinburgh and Leyton Orient a major boost by signing a new contract at the Breyer Group Stadium.

Bonne, whose previous contract was due to expire next summer, has signed an improved two-year deal which begins immediately, keeping him in East London until 2020.

As the Guardian Series have previously reported, Bonne has been in talks over a new deal at Brisbane Road for some time, with director of football Martin Ling confirming back in May that he had opened talks with the prolific striker about extending his contract at the club.

Since arriving from Colchester United last July, the Zimbabwe international has proven himself to be one of the most feared strikers in the National League, having scored 25 goals in all competitions for the O’s last season.

That form saw him claim Orient’s Player-of-the-Season award and reportedly attracted the attention of Burton Albion, Portsmouth and Shrewsbury in the Football League.

Head coach Edinburgh confirmed that Orient had rejected bids for Bonne over the summer but that doesn’t appear to have affected the striker, with the 22-year-old netting a brace against Barrow at the weekend, his first two goals of the season.

News of Bonne’s contract extension will undoubtedly be a boost for the East London club, with the striker key to Orient’s hopes of fighting for promotion this season, as they try to secure a return to the Football League at the second time of asking.

The striker told Leyton Orient's website: “I’ve had the summer to sit down and talk to my family about it, and the right decision is to extend. It’s the feeling of being loved and wanted somewhere. It is the right decision to stay here and try and continue my performances this season.”

Head coach Edinburgh added: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve secured Macauley for an extra year. First and foremost, I want to thank the chairman Nigel Travis and the board for resisting what were some serious offers for him through the summer.

“We were transparent with Macca and we told him we wanted to keep him and that he had unfinished business at the Club and what has been refreshing has been his attitude, which has been first class and that has shown in his performances this season. I look forward to working with him into 2020.”