Dean Cummings insists there’s more to come from him in an Edinburgh City shirt and the Meadowbank side will be hoping he begins in tomorrow’s Betfred Cup Group G match with Ayr United at Somerset Park
Cummings joined the Ladbrokes League Two new boys from Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the summer. Prior to that, the midfielder had been on Livingston’s books, who he lined up against in Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Meadowbank.
Now back in league football, Cummings is aiming to kick on as much as possible in a black-and-white shirt and is confident in his ability to continue his career on an upward trajectory.
“It’s still early doors – Wednesday was my first 90 minutes of pre-season,” he explained. “Its just come round that quick but I feel a bit fitter after every game so I think I’ll kick-on. There’s more to come from me.
The 23-year-old has made the jump from East of Scotland League football to the SPFL, but he believes he’s been able to make the step up relatively comfortably. “It suites me better – there’s more time on the ball,” he said. “Technically it’s a better game and better pitches as well. Not many people came to watch East of Scotland but some teams were underestimated. Last season that Lothian team got a good Scottish Cup run and beat Montrose and were unlucky not to go on the play Celtic, so it’s not a massive difference.
Cummings, like his Hibs striker brother Jason, clearly isn’t short on self belief – although the former’s may have taken a dunt after a 6-1 defeat to his brother’s side two weeks ago. While glad of the opportunity afforded to him by City, he isn’t content to stand still. “I want to do as well as I can this season and see where it takes me,” he asserted. “I’m confident I can go higher, but I need to get a good season under my belt and see what happens
“There were a few clubs interested in me in the summer, but I’m a local boy and when I thought about the time I’d get finished work and things like that, I thought coming here would suit me best. The clubs were at the same level as City, but being at a new team is exciting for me and I just want to get back in about it.
Confidence – and a surname – isn’t the only thing he has in common with his sibling. Just as the longer Cummings dropped back to boys club football upon being released by Hearts, Dean did similar after leaving Livingston. He now sees this move to City as a second chance at league football after coming through the ranks with some illustrious names in West Lothian.
“I was at Livi when [Leigh] Griffiths was there, Andy Halliday, Marc McNulty – a lot of good players who have kicked on. It’s a good club who always try and play football. Sometimes you need a step back if you’re not enjoying it. “I’m back now and enjoying so hopefully the only way is up for me.
A win over Ian McCall’s team tomorrow would be a good start, although Cummings’ is well aware of the quality City face in Group G. “These teams – St Mirren, Ayr, Hamilton and Livi – they’re at a higher level than us, but that’s only going to make us stronger. Training’s been good, the boys are looking sharper all the time and hopefully by the time it comes around we’ll be flying.