League of Ireland | Cork City re-sign former fan favourite

David Smith

Cork City have signed their former striker Graham Cummins from St Johnstone.

The 30 year old joined the Leesiders in 2010 and spent three years at Turner’s Cross before joining Preston North End in 2012.

“I am absolutely delighted to be back at City; I spoke to John a couple of weeks ago and I was eager to come back, but after speaking to him, I was so excited at the thought of coming back,” Cummins told CorkCityFC.ie.

The Cork native started his career with Cobh Ramblers in 2006, and he scored 11 goals in his second season as Cobh won the First Division.

Cummins’ performances earned him a place in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year, but Cobh were relegated from the Premier Division in ’08.

He then joined Waterford for a season in 2009, where he won the Munster Senior Cup and scored 17 league goals, earning another inclusion in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year.

It was at Cork City, however, that the forward made history.

He was included in the PFAI First Division Team of the Year and won the PFAI First Division Player of the Year award in his first season at the club, and ended his first season with 18 goals – including a hat-trick against Finn Harps – making him the top scorer in the league.

In 2011, he became the first player to score over 20 goals for City in a league season, netting 21 times in the First Division. His final goal in a Cork City jersey sealed the First Division title that season as he grabbed a dramatic stoppage time winner against Shelbourne.

In total, Cummins managed 42 goals for the Leesiders before Preston came knocking, as they have for Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle and Sean Maguire in recent years.

However, things didn’t work out for Cummins at Deepdale, and he was loaned to Rochdale in 2014 before being released by Preston a year later.

He then joined Exeter City for a year before being released again, and decided to join Scottish side St Johnstone in May 2015.

He amassed 92 appearances at the SPL club, scoring 15 goals in the process, including one in a win at Ibrox.

Now Cummins is back with Cork City after six years plying his trade abroad, he has trophies on his mind.

“The last game I played for City was the last time I won a trophy, and I am coming back to win titles again. I don’t want to come back and just play games, I want to be winning trophies.”

His return might provide John Caulfield’s champions with the presence up front they have been lacking since the departure of the prolific Sean Maguire, and Cummins will compete with Karl Sheppard and Josh O’Hanlon for a starting berth up front.

Cummins turned 30 yesterday, but the former fan favourite still has plenty to offer at Turner’s Cross.