Ahead of the tenth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24), Mohun Bagan Super Giant have completed the signing of Australian international Jason Cummings on a three-year contract. The club announced the signing through their social media handles on Wednesday.
The forward is one of the most decorated players to join Mohun Bagan Super Giant, having been a two-time leading goalscorer, Scottish Cup winner, and Scottish second league champion with Hibernian FC.
The Australian becomes the second foreign addition to the Mariners’ side in the ongoing transfer window after the recent arrival of Albanian forward Armando Sadiku.
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“I have been observing Indian club football for the last few years. When Mohun Bagan Super Giant approached me, I started to inquire about the club and got to know about the rich heritage of this century-old club. Besides, this club has achieved the status of being the best club in India by winning the Hero ISL title. I am hopeful that I will help them add more trophies to their trophy cabinet in the upcoming three years,” said Cummings after signing on the dotted line.
“Everyone knows how good of a footballer Jason is. He enjoys playing a highly attacking and pressing style of football, which perfectly aligns with my strategy. He possesses excellent ball control, creating space for others, and is clinical in front of goal. Another admirable quality of his is – that he is a perfect team player,” lauded head coach Juan Ferrando on Cummings’ attributes as a player.
“It is a huge thing that a current World Cup player like Jason Cummings has agreed to come to India. This demonstrates the impact of the Hero ISL on the growth of Indian football,” Ferrando further added.
Jason Cummings Career
A senior campaigner with abundant experience in the third-tier and second-tier leagues of England and Scotland respectively, Cummings has played the majority of his professional footballing career in the United Kingdom before switching to Australian side Central Coast Mariners in the winter transfer window of the 2021-22 season.
After scoring in his first A-League match against Sydney FC, Cummings went on to finish the 2021/22 season with 10 goals in 21 matches. This saw the striker win the Central Coast golden boot, be selected for the A-League All-Stars and ultimately be picked in his first-ever Socceroos squad.
Cummings reached even greater heights during the 2022/23 campaign, leading the line as we won the A-League Championship and qualified for the AFC Cup. The striker stole the show as he scored a hat-trick in their A-League final against Melbourne City FC.
Cummings broke the record for the most Central Coast goals in an A-League campaign, finding the back of the net on 20 occasions, including three times in the Grand Final. Cummings amassed 50 appearances for the Central Coast, netting 31 goals and supplying 12 assists during his time at the club.
His noteworthy performances earned him a call-up to the Australian national team in September 2022. Soon after, the 27-year-old made it to the Socceroos 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, additionally getting picked in the PFA A-League Team of the Season. He was featured in a 2022 FIFA World Cup solitary game in the side’s 4-1 defeat against France in their opening group stage game.