Graham Cummins departs Cork City for the third time by mutual consent

Fri, Sep 04 2020

Cummins scored in excess of 60 goals in his three spells with his hometown club. Credit: Timmy Keane (ETPhotos)

Cork City have confirmed that defender Graham Cummins has left the club by mutual consent just two months into his third spell with the club.

The 32-year-old made just one appearance for his hometown club, against Longford Town in the FAI Cup, receiving a red card late in a game City won after extra time.

Cummins had been signed as a centre-half by City boss Neale Fenn, having spent most of his career as a prolific striker, but struggled with a groin injury throughout his latest stint at Turner’s Cross.

All in all, he scored more than 60 goals across three spells with the Rebel Army, including the decisive goal that clinched the First Division title from Shelbourne in 2011.

“Graham obviously came back in the summer, but he has struggled with a few knocks and niggles,” Fenn told the club’s media team.

“We had a chat about it, and we’ve agreed that he will move on. We would like to thank Graham for his contribution while he was here, and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Cummins began his senior career with Cobh Ramblers and Waterford before arriving at Turner’s Cross for the first time in 2010.

24 goals in his second season saw overseas clubs take interest and he signed for Preston North End in early 2012.

A loan spell with Rochdale and permanent posts at Exeter City and St Johnstone followed before he returned to City in 2017.

Cummins helped John Caulfield’s side to the league and cup double in 2017 but fell out of favour in 2019, joining Shamrock Rovers on loan for the second half of the season.

He joined Waterford ahead of the 2020 season and made the move back to centre half but switched back to Cork midway through the season.