Former Rangers star Jason Cummings has confirmed that he’s signed a new contract with A-League side Central Coast Mariners, extending his impressive stay in Australia.
Cummings moved to Oz at the start of the year after leaving Dundee and has been a big hit Down Under, pushing himself into contention for a call-up to the Socceroos squad ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
With ten goals from 21 appearances for the Mariners, Cummings has turned things around in Australia after a difficult spell at Dundee saw him disciplined by the club for his off-field antics.
However, the move to Australia has saw Cummings play some of the best football of his career and the former Rangers loanee was ‘buzzing’ to announce his new deal.
“Happening everyone, it’s Jason Cummings here,” the striker said in a video on Twitter.
“Just enjoying the off-season. I’m delighted to announce I’ll be re-signing until 2024. Absolutely buzzing. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be playing my football than here on the Coast.
“We’ll get that cannon ready next season. Let’s go Mariners.”
Mariners head coach, Nick Montgomery added: “Jason brings a lot to this team both on and off the field.
“Since his arrival in January, he rejuvenated the change-room but more importantly, proved his worth on the field too.
“With Jason’s performances and goals attracting serious interest from overseas clubs as well as proving doubters wrong and making a real case for a Socceroos call up, it’s a massive boost for the club that he has shown loyalty to stay with the Mariners as he has full belief of the direction the club is heading in.
“What he brings to this squad is experience and intelligence and to have a striker of his value and worth at the Mariners for another two years will do great things for the game in this region and also this country.”
Australia move has revived Jason Cummings career after post-Rangers struggles
After struggling to find any real consistency after leaving Rangers, Cummings seemed to have settled at Dundee before his appearance at an event at the Hydro brought that to an end.
Since then, his move to Australia has really helped him kick on and live up to some of the hype that followed Cummings earlier in his career.
A possible place at the World Cup in Qatar would cap off an incredible year for Cummings as he looks to stay in Oz for the next few years, at least.