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Graham Cummins signs for Shamrock Rovers on loan


Shamrock Rovers have announced the signing of striker Graham Cummins from Cork City on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Joel Coustrain has gone the other way as part of the deal.

Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie Graham said:

“I’m really excited. When I learned that Shamrock Rovers were interested I was really happy about it. After playing Shamrock Rovers a couple of times this season I was really impressed with the way they move the ball and how good they’ve been in the league as well. They’re right up there. That is the main reason I’ve come here, to try and win a league because it’s something that I need to do and something that I feel the team can definitely achieve.

It was a case of Shamrock Rovers wanting me and when the gaffer spoke to me I was really encouraged by what I heard. Maybe I’ve impressed against Rovers when I’ve played against them a couple of times and it’s come about that way. It’s been a quick move really, a quick pace from playing for Cork on Friday night and being here two days later.

I saw a video of the Dundalk game the other night and even just the first ten minutes I loved the style of play. The way the ball moves and the midfielders’ movement is exceptional. I’ve got to earn the right to play first but I’m sure they will create a lot of chances for me. But I’ve got to get into the team first and not worry about that. I think I’m a hard working player, I’ll always give everything for the team and I’m always trying to score.

I’d look back on my spells in England and Scotland with fondness. I think I’ve learned a lot and you grow up a lot more as a player. It’s not just about what you do on the ball, it’s about what you do off it. St Johnstone was the time I enjoyed the most and Alan Mannus probably put in a good word for me here as well. The older you get the more you look back and appreciate it. You want to be challenging for trophies and that’s why I came here.

I came home at the start of last year because I felt the time was right. I was always going to come back to the League of Ireland at some stage. You get these feelings in football that you need a new challenge and I’ve felt that the last few weeks as well, that I needed something new to challenge me for the rest of the season. When Shamrock Rovers were interested I thought that was perfect move for me.

I started the season very strongly last year and faded off a bit. This year hasn’t been the same, I’m a bit disappointed with my goals tally and I think it should be a lot more. I haven’t played as much as I would have liked but I did score two goals in my last two games. So my aim is to build on that and finish stronger this year. It’s about getting on a run, it’s always about confidence for strikers and the more you’re on the pitch the more chances you’re going to get.

When I come to Tallaght it feels like being over at a UK ground. There’s a great atmosphere, the crowd can be intimidating which is a good thing. I’m looking forward to Sligo on Friday if I’m involved but I can go to the St Pat’s game and watch it and get a feel for how the team plays and go from there. First and foremost I’ll get my head down and work hard for the rest of the week.”

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One thought on “Graham Cummins signs for Shamrock Rovers on loan

  1. interesting to see if he will be the missing link that rovers need and is this really a short term solution or with an eye to a permanent move…time will tell

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