GATESHEAD signing Micky Cummins is a “talented player and real competitor”, according to a delighted Ian Bogie keen to ensure the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is the first of many summer signings at the International Stadium.
The 32-year-old midfielder has agreed a one-year deal with the Tynesiders, having been released by Grimsby Town. Teesside-born, he started his career at Middlesbrough and was briefly a team-mate of Bogie’s at Port Vale before enjoying spells at Darlington and Rotherham United.
Bogie said: “Cummins is just what we need, a talented player with a physical presence who can also score goals.
“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, 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 he will be the first of several over the next few weeks.”
One of those may be former Darlington and Whitley Bay winger Chris Moore, who has been handed a two-week trial in July following his release by the Quakers.
The FA Trophy and Vase winner is expected to figure in Gateshead’s pre-season friendlies against Huddersfield Town, Harrogate Town and Carlisle United.
Bogie added: “It is a chance to show what he can do.
“He came through the ranks at Newcastle United and is a player with good pace so we will see how it goes in July.”
Meanwhile, having handed goalkeeper Paul Farman a short-term contract, Bogie has challenged the 21-year-old to oust Tim Deasy – who is suspended for the opening game of the new season – as first-choice, and earn a longer deal at the club.
“Farman must not settle for being number two at Gateshead,” Bogie said.
“He is still learning his trade but showed what he could do when he ousted Jim Provett from the number one spot in 2009-10.
“It was unfortunate that he had to have an operation at the start of last season which kept him out until November, but hopefully he will show what he’s capable of in July.”
The composition of next season’s Blue Square Bet Premier will be confirmed today after AFC Wimbledon and Luton Town go head to head at the City of Manchester Stadium in the play-off final to decide which one of them steps up to the Football League.
The game, which kicks off at 3pm, is being broadcast live on Premier Sports.