Up next TCW spoke to Loan signing Niall Cummins about his move to Marine AFC, favourite moment and influences.
TCW: Hi Niall, you’ve been at Marine on loan from Curzon Ashton for the past 2 months how have you found your time at Marine?
Niall: Firstly I’d have to thank Marine/Neil for approaching Curzon and taking me on loan. They have renewed my enjoyment in football again and allowed me to play with freedom. The side is obviously capable of pushing for the playoffs if this had been the squad from the start of the season and the management staff are driven and ambitious which is exactly the sort of environment I want to be part of.
TCW: As mentioned above you signed on loan from Curzon Ashton and have renewed that loan till the end of the season, how did the move come about and did you have any reservations about Joining as we was struggling at the time?
Niall: Curzon got a new manager in at the end of November and stated he wanted me fit, free from injury and playing like last season. I heard a few clubs were asking why I wasn’t playing and when Marine made an official approach it was quite a quick decision. Neil was honest in our conversations with his style of play and personnel at the club so I knew I would slot straight in and no hesitation needed. After the first month loan was up I didn’t get the backing I wanted to hear from Curzon and Neil along with several others showed a desire to want me to stay which is always going to make my decision easy.
TCW: Since joining Marine we have won 6 in 8 games with many fans thinking you’ve been pivotal in our upturn in form how happy have you been with not just your performances but the teams as well?
Niall: From the first game I was involved against Farsley it was clear it was cheer lack of confidence a bit of good fortune missing. I always look back at my own record when in and out of a team and still don’t know how we didn’t get anything out of the Farsley game in the second half. Since then the team has kicked on and people are having impacts all over the pitch. There are several unsung heroes that graft every week and even when we show a poor first half showing like at Mickleover on Saturday I still felt like we could go on and win the game as that is the mentality been developed within this group of players.
TCW: Obviously we’re in great form at the moment going into the Hednesford game, so what’s the dressing room morale like at the moment?
Niall: Morale is high and so it should be. When a team is winning you can’t wait for the next game and winning just breeds more confidence and instils a positivity from the training ground to match days. As Neil stated several times in past couple weeks now the squad is nearly how he wants it so competition for places increases and you also get positive impacts from the bench in games when needed and not just the initial starting eleven.
TCW: Are there any goals for you until the end of the season or is it just about taking each game as it comes?
Niall: Personal goals I am never really fussed about. Yes I would like to score loads of goals but I look at the impact I have on results overall rather than personal targets, although I have only scored in the same goal at Marines ground so I need to sort that out. Collectively we take one game at a time and try and catch or get a close to the team above, if we continue to do that until the end of the season that could make the season seem a successful one from when it was in November.
TCW: Your an experienced player but what’s your favourite moment in your career?
Niall: Securing promotion with a self proclaimed “bullet” header against Harrogate Railway for Curzon in the Evo Stik North has to be up there but I suppose walking out with my eldest son as a mascot in the FA Cup 2nd Round televised game against AFC Wimbledon two days after he had a seizure was really memorable for me. Although he fell asleep when we 3-0 up with 10minutes to go – I don’t tell him what happened next.
TCW: Is their anyone who has had a lasting impression or who has helped you in your career as a footballer?
Niall: Probably a common answer would be my parents, especially my dad who I would follow week in week out to watch him play. Although George Norrie took me in under his wing when I came over here to university and helped me with my development and took me on to higher clubs where I started to score some goals and get more recognised – if it want for him I probably wouldn’t be playing even at this standard of football.
A side message of thanks to all the fans and committee for a warm welcoming and continual messages of support. Very easy to want to give back when a club is a supportive as this one. 👍
Credit to @paulmoran62 for the photos