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The Cumdog has arrived!

It’s been rumoured for the last month that Socceroo hopeful and Shrewsbury town legend Jason Cummings could potentially be heading to the A-League to play for the Central Coast Mariners, and just over a week ago it was confirmed. The Cumdog is in the A-League. Both myself and my Circle in Rectangle co-host Nugget have been waiting for this day since he announced he wanted to be a Socceroo, and finally, The Cumdog is “home?”

Image: Action Images via Reuters

For those unaware of the Cumdog, here a very brief highlight of his career. His biggest game to date has to be his 2 goal FA Cup performance against Liverpool for Shrewsbury Town in January 2020, Hes a Scottish Cup Champion with Hibernian in 2016 after a 3-2 win over Rangers, hes amassed a total of 81 goals in 235 games in his career, the bloke just scores goals, and in 2019 said he is ready to trade Scotland for the Socceroos and I for one am hoping Socceroos Manager Graham Arnold wakes up and “Caps the Cumdog” , they need a goal scorer, he scores goals, it’s a match made in heaven.

Photo Taken from @HibernianFC on Twitter

I was fortunate enough to be in the crowd for his debut for the Mariners yesterday against Sydney FC. Fully expecting him to start off the bench I was pleasantly surprised to see the legend himself getting a start up front for his debut in what felt like 35-degree heat, although I’m sure it wasn’t that bad. But for a guy to come from – degree temperature to start a game a week later in 30+ weather is a phenomenal achievement, a true testament to the great man’s conditioning.

He looked exciting early, some good touches and off ball movement going unrewarded in the early run, but in a game where Sydney FC had most of the running, but his combination with overrated Mariner’s striker Marco Urena was, though in its infancy clearly forming and looking dangerous for the Mariners.

Finally, early in the second half, after captain Ollie Bozanic’s thundering striker levelled the score, it was the Cumdog that gave the Mariners the lead on the 57th with a perfectly placed low striker that bounce off both posts before trickling over the line. As a Sydney FC fan it was incredibly hard not to fist pump when that strike went in. Luckily enough for Sydney FC, 2 quick goals from Bobo 71’ and Caceres 79’ restored the SkyBlues lead and secured a vital win for manager Steve Corica.

But for the Mariners and their gaffer Nick Montgomery there were plenty of good signs from their new man. Not only lasting 63 minutes in conditions hes probably never experienced during his career, but to already look sharp and to have some good partnerships with some key Mariners playmakers, and also showing fantastic touch to score a goal on debut. The future looks bright for the already well performing Central Coast Mariners. And perhaps the better news for the Mariners is that they not only have the Cumdog for this season, he has also signed on for next season as well. Great signs for the Mariners as they push to achieve what that did last season, under new manager Nick Montgomery.

Now the push from the Mariners is to have their star man eligible to play in the FFA Cup final on Saturday and their argument is a solid one. Players signed after the Semi-Final stages are deemed ineligible but since the Victory v Phoenix semi final was only held on Saturday, they argue he was signed during the Semi-Final period. Because of Covid delays, the gap between Semi-Finals is not the Mariners problem. If it was the Mariners who played there semi on Saturday he would’ve been eligible, therefore he should be allowed to play.

So, Jason ‘the Cumdog” Cummings has arrived on the A-League stage and I for one am all for it. He’s a great personality and backs up his talk with goals. I’m fully expecting to see no just Mariners fans, but Socceroo and Football fans in general to enjoy watching the great man perform week in week out. Just wait until hes fully match fit, dude will be a weapon!

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