The maverick Dundee striker has put his tattooed hand as much as play for the inexperienced and gold, a transfer which presents succour to those that get pleasure from their footballers seasoned with a sprinkling of eccentricity.
Eligible to play for the Socceroos by means of his Australian mom, Cummings performed alongside Scottish born Aussie winger Martin Boyle at Easter Highway, netting 55 objectives in 114 appearances throughout 4 seasons.
The 2 are shut, with Boyle urging Cummings – who has two Scotland caps – to discover his internal Aussie.
Not that Edinburgh-born Cummings, 25, has taken a lot persuading.
“The Boyler is an efficient mate of mine and we’ve talked a bit about Australia, and the way a lot he loves taking part in for the Socceroos,” Cummings instructed The World Sport.
“It will be an honour to affix him. I performed in a few friendlies with Scotland, so I’m nonetheless eligible for Australia if the prospect ever comes alongside.
“The Boyler tells me being concerned with Australia is completely different class.”
Cummings – whose off-field antics evoke recollections of Paul Gascoigne in prime mischief-maker mode – is at his seventh membership in 5 years, striving to recalibrate a profession that has included a Scottish Cup win with Hibernian in 2016.
Former Sydney FC coach Terry Butcher, who gave Cummings his Hibs debut at 18, calls him “psychological”.
And Cummings himself believes he “was born within the incorrect technology”, trying again wistfully on the ‘80s and early ‘90s when an unfettered Gazza roamed and soccer appeared extra carefree.
With 4 objectives in eight appearances for Scottish Championship promotion chasers Dundee since arriving in January, he believes he’s laying the foundations for a rebound after a irritating spell in England.
“I’m not sitting right here saying I need to be taking part in with Australia proper now,” he added.
“I must earn my stripes and show myself with my membership to hopefully entice their consideration.
“There was a little bit of curiosity earlier than and I spoke to some folks about it.
“However my profession has been a bit stop-start, and now I’m in search of that wee little bit of consistency to indicate folks I can carry out at worldwide degree.
“Hopefully Australia are nonetheless searching for me. If I get the decision I’ll be over there in a heartbeat.”
Cummings was recognized by Arnold as a possible goal 20 months in the past whereas at Nottingham Forest, the membership he joined in 2017 for $2 million.
The transfer curdled when coach Mark Warburton, who had introduced Cummings to the Championship, was sacked.
After mortgage spells at Rangers, Peterborough and Luton City, he briefly ignited once more for third-tier Shrewsbury, bursting from the bench 14 months in the past to attain twice in 10 minutes to power a 2-2 draw with mighty Liverpool within the FA Cup.
His kind might have fluctuated however his slapstick instincts have hardly ever missed the mark.
The highlights reel features a hilarious impromptu video match-up with Scottish wrestler Grado within the Hibernian canteen, the place – to a backing monitor of Madonna’s Like A Prayer – Cummings emerges in his underwear, bandage wrapped round his head and the phrase ‘Cumdog’ inscribed on his naked chest.
The Hibees physios have been the one ones not smiling, with Cummings nursing a again harm on the time.
Trying again on the skit, a YouTube hit, Cummings mentioned: “You might want to have fun generally, don’t ya?
Cummings gate-crashed a stay tv interview with Shrewsbury teammate Dave Edwards 4 days after the Liverpool sport, strutting previous him semi-naked earlier than making an attempt to duplicate a dance routine from the 2019 film The Joker starring Joachim Phoenix.
His again catalogue additionally options him volleying a steak throughout a restaurant in Dubai, while his post-match interviews are invariably peppered with one-liners and a frankness that makes membership PR managers wince.
He lengthy admired Gazza for his love of the craic, declaring: “I’m all the time trying again at his previous interviews … he simply was all the time having fun,” he mentioned.
“On the flip aspect, although, there’s a really critical side to soccer. With regards to sport time there’s not a lot room for banter.
“That’s when it’s worthwhile to focus and provides all the pieces for the workforce.
“Gazza wouldn’t have gotten to the highest degree had he simply clowned round day by day and didn’t work exhausting.
“At the present time, all the pieces is by the e-book and so skilled.
“Soccer is supposed to be about enjoyable and leisure. I look again to the previous days and folks loved it extra.
“Having a little bit of banter within the altering room is what it’s all about as properly – that’s what wins titles, I reckon.”
Cummings even impressed a tattoo craze throughout western Scotland after his inked hand – a toothy smile full with lips and tongue – caught on throughout his time at Ibrox.
“I most likely ought to have taken out a copyright on that one,” he deadpanned.
“I used to be proud to play for such a giant membership as Rangers, the followers are bonkers.
“I take advantage of the tattoo (hand throughout the face gesture) as my (trademark) aim celebration, so it seems like I’m all the time smiling.”
An enormous event buff, Cummings notoriously fluffed a Panenka spot-kick within the goalless 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final in opposition to Dundee United, solely to bury the profitable penalty within the shoot-out in what is perhaps the proper encapsulation of his avant-garde nature.
Although older brother Dean performs for NPL aspect Sorrento in Perth, Cummings has but to enterprise to Australia however says “it could be sensible” to deliver his boots and banter to the A-League in some unspecified time in the future.
“I’ve received an Australian passport and I’m choking to recover from there, even when I don’t get a call-up,” he added.
“I’m solely 25 and I’ve received loads of time nonetheless in my profession to make that transfer. I’d love to do this.”
Requested if Perth-born mum Tracey wished him to play for the nation she left aged seven, he replied: “She loves soccer and is basically only a large Jason Cummings fan and helps me in all the pieces.
“I believe she’d be delighted if I performed for Australia, my grandparents as properly. They’d be buzzing for that. Similar with my brother.”