Jason Steven Cummings (born 1 August 1995) is a professional soccer player who is a striker at the A-League Men club Central Coast Mariners. Born in Scotland Cummings is a member of Australia’s national team. Australia is the national side after having previously represented Scotland at both senior and youth international levels.
Cummings started his professional career by having played in 16 games and scored twice during the season 2013-14. The team’s top goal scorer for the next three seasons and scored greater than 20 goals every season. He was one of the few players to accomplish this feat in over 50 years. The goals were instrumental in helping Hibs to win their first Scottish Cup in 2016 and also promoted to the Scottish Cup to the Scottish Cup in the year 2017. He moved to Nottingham Forest in June 2017, but did not play regularly for their first team and was loaned to Peterborough United in July 2018 and Luton Town in January 2019. After a spell with Dundee by 2021. He was once more promoted into the Scottish Premiership. In 2022, Cummings was signed by the Australian team Central Coast Mariners.
He made his first internationally-based appearance in Scotland on November 17, 2017. He then was made available to be considered by Australia. Cummings made his debut appearance for the team in September 2022.
A Career in the Club
Cummings grew up a Hearts fan and attended Tynecastle High School. He played for the local boy’s team Hutchison Vale and then joined the Hearts youth program. After struggling with injuries, Cummings was released by Hearts in 2012. After an impressive season with Hutchison Vale, he was signed by Cummings and made his debut senior appearance for Hibernian in a Scottish Premiership match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in November 2013. Cummings scored his first career goals on 21 May 2014, netting twice as Hibernian won 2-0 against Hamilton Academical in the first leg of the promotion/relegation play-off. Hibs lost the return match 2-0 and Cummings missed the decisive kick in the penalty shoot-out, which resulted in Hibs being relegated to the Scottish Championship.
Cummings won the SPFL Young Player of the Month award for September 2014, after his two goals helped Hibs to beat Rangers in Glasgow. On 16 February 2016, Cummings became the first Hibs player to score in four consecutive Edinburgh derbies for 42 years after scoring the winner against Hearts in a Scottish Cup 4th round replay. On 16 April 2016, Cummings missed a penalty kick with a Panenka attempt in the Scottish Cup semi-final against. Dundee United ended in a goalless draw, however, he scored the winning goal at the end of the penalty shoot-out. Cummings then was on the pitch during the opening 65 minutes in the championship as a player Anthony Stokes’ opening goal in the final as Hibs defeated Rangers 3-2. Rangers. The score was 3-2.
Cummings signed a three-year contract with Nottingham Forest on 17 June 2017, moving for an undisclosed fee. As part of the deal, Cummings former clubs Heart of Midlothian and Hutchison Vale were awarded a solidarity fee, due to his youth development. He scored his first goal for Forest on his debut in a 2-1 EFL Cup win against Shrewsbury Town on August 8, 2017.
Cummings was loaned to Scottish Premiership side Rangers in January 2018 for the rest of the season, with Rangers holding an option to make the transfer permanent. He made his competitive debut for the club on 24 January, in a 2-0 win against. Cummings was one of four players to make their first appearance for the Rangers in that game. He scored his first goal for Rangers four days later, in a 2-1 win at Ross County. On 4 March, Cummings scored a hat-trick for Rangers in a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Falkirk.
Peterborough United and Luton Town
On 13 July 2018, Cummings moved on a season-long loan to EFL League One side Peterborough United. After a promising beginning with six goals scored in his first five league matches, Cummings began to struggle for goals, and the loan was terminated by Peterborough on January 30, 2019.
Later that month, Cummings was loaned to League One leaders Luton Town. He scored his debut goals for Luton on April 6, 2019, when he came in as a substitute for Blackpool in the 86th minute, scoring an equalizer in the 86th minute and the match ended 2-2.
On 2 September 2019, it was announced that Cummings had signed for League One side Shrewsbury Town for an unspecified fee. He made his debut in the club’s first game on the 14th of September. He came in as a substitute in the 68th minute to Daniel Udoh away at A.F.C. Wimbledon, and five minutes later, he scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw. Cummings scored in wins against Southend United and Sunderland, but minor injuries and illnesses over Christmas 2019 meant he was largely used as a substitute during January 2020. On 26 January 2020, Cummings came off the bench to net twice in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in The FA Cup fourth round.
On 28 January 2021, Cummings returned to Scotland to sign with Dundee, in a contract that runs until 2022. Although he only joined on January 1, Cummings ended the year as Dundee’s top league scorer. He also played a significant role as Dundee helped achieve the Premiership play-offs, and then gained advancement to the Premiership.
On 31 July 2021, Cummings scored in Dundee’s first game back in the Scottish Premiership since the 2018-19 season in their 2-2 draw with St Mirren. In the month of December 2021, Cummings was exiled from training for being in a state of disfitness to train. In the midst of interest from A-League club Central Coast Mariners, Cummings quit Dundee on January 2022. The club was renamed Central Coast Mariners.
Central Coast Mariners
Cummings was signed to an 18-month deal for 18 months with Central Coast Mariners in January 2022. Cummings scored in the first game of his A-League first game for the men with Sydney FC on 30 January 2022. Cummings signed an 18-month contract with Central Coast Mariners.
Cummings was a member of Cummings played for Scotland under 19 as well as under-21 teams. Cummings was first called up into the top Scotland squad in November of 2017 and made his first official international game in an international friendly game against the Netherlands.
In the month of September 2022, Cummings has been selected to the Australian team to take part in two friendly matches against New Zealand. He made his debut, scoring one score from the penalty spot an in-game substitute during the second match in Auckland.