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Australian Football: Cummings to grasp Mariners chance

Jason Cummings has vowed to make the most of his opportunity in Australia after signing an 18-month deal with the Central Coast Mariners.

The Mariners made finals last season and hope that Cummings will score the goals to get them there once again in the 2021/22 A-League campaign.

Big chance to shine

Cummings, who was born in Scotland but has an Australian mother, is eligible to play for the Socceroos and is hoping his spell in Australia can earn him international recognition.

The striker has played for a host of the clubs in England and Scotland and was most recently on the books of Dundee, scoring eight goals in 15 matches to help them win promotion.

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However the Scottish outfit were keen to move him on following a lack of professionalism away from the field and the Mariners have offered him a fresh start. One that the 26-year-old is determined to take.

"I am not taking this opportunity lightly and want to reward the Central Coast Mariners," Cummings told reporters. "Being an Australian citizen, I knew it was only a matter of time until I came out here and I am ready to make an instant impact and show people what I can do."

Talented striker

Meanwhile Mariners coach Nick Montgomery says Cummings has bags of talent and they are determined to get the best out of him during his time at the club.

"As always, we did our due diligence and spoke to numerous people who know Jason personally and the feedback was that he is a very talented player who has not reached his undoubted potential," Montgomery added.

"But a fresh start here in the right environment can be the making of him.

"We fought off interest from numerous clubs vying for his services and after speaking with Jason many times via zoom and on the phone, I am in no doubt he will be a massive asset to the club."

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