Micky Cummins excited by Gateshead's style of play

Micky Cummins
Micky Cummins made 36 appearances for Grimsby Town last season

New Gateshead midfielder Micky Cummins says that it was the Tynesiders' style of football that convinced him to make the move from Grimsby Town in June.

"Playing against them last year twice, I really enjoyed the game against them," he told BBC Newcastle. "They played football in the right way."

Cummins, 32, is one of four Gateshead summer signings alongside Sam Rents, Yemi Odubade and Eddie Odhiambo.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 man began his career at Middlesbrough.

Dublin-born Cummins then moved to Port Vale, where he was a Football League Trophy winner in 2001.

He left Vale Park in May 2006 to move to Darlington, where he spent two seasons followed by two years at Rotherham before linking up with Grimsby in June 2010.

But he has known Gateshead manager Ian Bogie since playing alongside him in his early days with Vale.

"I had about two months with him when I was at Port Vale as I was starting my career and he was ending his career," said Cummins.

"We've sort of kept in contact the last couple of months and I'm delighted to be here."

After ending last season in 14th in the Blue Square Bet Premier, Cummins is expecting a higher finish this season.

"This club's progressed so much over the last six or seven years," he said. "And we want to move forward.

"The manager feels the squad looks stronger.

"We're not just here to make the numbers up, we want to do things.

At 32, Cummins is now the oldest Gateshead player.

"I am the most senior as the lads keep reminding me," he said. "Hopefully they'll pick up a few good habits from me."