Jason Cummings: Five things to know about Mohun Bagan Super Giant's Australian striker
Cummings becomes the Mariners’ third signing of the season after the arrivals of midfielder Anirudh Thapa and Albanian international Armando Sadiku.
Hero Indian Super League (ISL) side Mohun Bagan Super Giant made a statement signing on Wednesday with the acquisition of Australian international Jason Cummings on a three-year contract.
He becomes the Mariners’ third signing of the season after the arrivals of midfielder Anirudh Thapa and Albanian international Armando Sadiku. Cummings’ arrival further adds firepower to Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s attack consisting of Sadiku, Dimitri Petratos, Ashique Kuruniyan, Liston Colaco, and Hugo Boumous.
Cummings heads to India after a successful spell in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners, the current A-League champions, having already achieved new feats during his time Down Under.
With that, here are five things to know about Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s latest signing.
1) Won titles in Scotland, England and Australia
Cummings has plied his trade in Scotland, England, and Australia and has lifted silverware in all three countries. He clinched the Scottish Cup and the Scottish Championship with Hibernian FC.
He was also part of Luton Town’s League One Championship-winning squad during the 2018-19 season, after joining the club on a loan deal.
The 27-year-old recently steered Central Coast Mariners to the A-League title in June, netting a hat-trick against Melbourne City FC in the grand final.
2) Record goalscorer for Central Coast Mariners in a single season
Cummings moved to Australia in January 2022, joining the Central Coast Mariners from Dundee United FC, having helped the latter gain promotion to the Scottish Premiership. The former Nottingham Forest striker hit the ground running in Australia, scoring in his debut game and netted 10 goals across 21 games that campaign. He ended the season as the leading goalscorer for his side.
Cummings went on to scale greater heights the following season. He netted 21 goals and achieved a new record as the leading goalscorer for the Mariners in a single season. Cummings also netted a hat-trick in the A-League final, leading his side to the title and a spot in the AFC Cup. He also awarded the Joe Marston medal as the Hero of the Match in the final, capping off a 18-month spell in Australia on a high.
Cummings established himself as a fan favourite for the Mariners and leaves the club as their third all-time top scorer with 31 goals in 50 appearances.
3) Over 190 goal contributions at club level
Cummings heads to Indian shores with an impressive track record at club level. He has tallied 145 goals and 48 assists in his club career so far besides winning titles.
The striker has netted most of his club goals for Scottish side Hibernian FC, the club where he began his senior professional career. The Australian international registered 71 goals to his name during his four-year tenure at the club.
4) Played for Scotland and Australia at the international level
The Edinburg-born player has represented Scotland at the youth level, being part of their U-19 and U-21 squads before receiving a first call-up to the senior team squad in 2017. He featured twice for the Scotland senior national team, facing Netherlands and Hungary in friendly matches.
Cummings’ goal-scoring exploits with Central Coast Mariners caught the eye of Australia head coach Graham Arnold, who rewarded him with a call-up to the senior team in 2022. Born to an Australian mother, Cummings became eligible to represent the Socceroos after representing Scotland in international friendlies. Cummings scored on his international debut against New Zealand, coming off the bench and getting on the scoresheet.
5) Part of Australia’s FIFA World Cup 2022 squad
Cummings surprisingly made the cut to Australia’s squad for the FIFA World Cup held in Qatar last year, despite a solitary appearance for the Socceroos at the senior level. His second appearance for Australia came against France during his side’s FIFA World Cup 2022 opener with Cummings coming off the bench.
However, the striker did not feature in any more games in Qatar after that as Australia finished second in the group before being knocked out by eventual champions Argentina in the quarter-finals.