JASON Cummings admits he is desperate to put a nightmare spell behind him after joining Shrewsbury Town on a two-year deal.

The former Rangers and Hibernian forward joined Nottingham Forest in 2017 after making his name as a prolific striker at Hibernian, but the move south turned sour and he only made 14 league appearances for the club.

Loan stints at Ibrox, Peterborough United and Luton Town made it clear the 24-year-old was not wanted at Forest and he is delighted to now have the chance to kick-start his career with Shrewsbury.

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Shrews boss Sam Ricketts had targeted the former Hearts trainee in the January transfer window but got his man this time around and Cummings admits he wants to repay his new manager’s faith in his ability.

He said: “I’m delighted to be here. I spoke to the gaffer a few weeks ago and he was really, really keen to get me in.

“That’s half the battle, finding a manager who wants you.

“Obviously, over the last season or so I haven’t played as much as I would have wanted.

“This season for me is just about playing games, enjoying my football and scoring goals, and the gaffer says he can help me with that.

“I’ve signed before for clubs where it’s the club that signs you rather than the manager but, at the end of the day, it’s the manager who picks the team.

“Sam has shown confidence that he wants me here so when the chance came up again in the summer it was a no brainer.”