OUT of position and out of sorts at Grimsby Town last season, Micky Cummins is a happier man at Gateshead.
And the Tynesiders midfielder – seeking a 10th goal of the term at Luton Town today, in the FA Trophy quarter-finals – believes he and his new club can look forward to a “bright future”.
The 33-year-old (pictured below) swapped Blundell Park for the International Stadium last summer, having grown stale in a sitting role with the Mariners.
But forward propulsion in Gateshead’s go-getting team has rejuvenated the former Republic of Ireland international. And Cummins says his side have nothing to fear at Kenilworth Road this afternoon.
“Coming to Gateshead has been great for me,” Cummins said. “I wasn’t utilised last year, I was playing as a sitting midfielder and living away from home. My wife and family are based on Teesside.
“I’m a lot happier this year and enjoying my football. I’ve got the freedom to get forward and into the box, and they use me well on set-pieces.
“I’m happy with my goals this season, coming from midfield. I’m looking for double figures now.”
Cummins added: “It’s paid off. Ten or 12 years ago, I played with Ian Bogie at Port Vale. I was up-and-coming, his legs were getting older!
“We knew each other and I like the way he played football. I played against Gateshead twice last year and was really impressed by them.
“The club has a bright future. We need to get some success this year, maybe through the play-offs or an appearance at Wembley.
“It’s all progress. Where the club’s come from in the last five or six years is absolutely immense.
“That’s obviously down to the gaffer and the squad he has here. It’s just about improving on that next season and hopefully kicking on.”
Starting today. “We’ve got nothing to fear, we know what we have in the dressing room and know we’re capable on the day,” he added. “If everybody performs we’re capable of beating anybody.
“I think we’ve played better in recent weeks than we did on Wednesday night and been beaten, conceding daft goals. But we rolled our sleeves up, dug in and put our bodies on the line.”