Gateshead sign experienced midfielder Cummins

19/05/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Michael CumminsGateshead have signed experienced former Football League and Republic of Ireland U.21 midfielder Micky Cummins on a one-year deal.

The Teeside-based central midfielder was briefly a team-mate of Tynesiders manager Ian Bogie at Port Vale at the start of the millennium.

Cummins went on to rack up 287 appearances for Vale scoring 34 goals having spent the early part of his career at Middlesbrough.

In his first season at Vale Park he was in the side that lifted the Football League Trophy at the Millennium Stadium, eventually returning to the North East to play for Darlington.

After two years with the Quakers he joined Rotherham United on a two-year contract, helping the Millers to reach the League Two play-offs.

Last season Cummins played 36 games for Grimsby Town, two against Gateshead, before he was one of 11 players released by new Mariners management duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.

Bogie has been looking to increase his options in midfield and believes Cummins will prove to be an astute signing.

"I have been tracking him since his time at Rotherham," said Bogie "he is just what we need; a talented player with a physical presence who can also score goals.

"We were together for a couple of months at Port Vale before I moved on and while he will be 33 on June 1st he is a great athlete who is super fit. Age is not an issue as he has looked after himself.

"He is renowned for scoring goals from midfield during his career, has a lot of know how and is a player who will put his foot in and dictate play.

"Cummins is a real competitor. I am delighted he has put pen to paper and I have got offers in for a few other players so hopefully Cummins will be the first of several over the next few weeks."

Bogie has several irons in the fire for the six or seven additional new faces that need to be brought in.

Winger Chris Moore, a Wembley winner with both Whitley Bay in the FA Vase and recently Darlington in the FA Trophy, will be given a two week trial in July.

Moore spent just over a year at Darlington. playing in both the Football League and Conference, and made 27 appearances for the County Durham club.

"Moore will feature in the friendlies against Huddersfield, Harrogate and Carlisle and it is a chance to show what he can do," said Bogie.

"He came through the ranks at Newcastle United and is a player with good pace so we will see how it goes in July."