Tim Cahill remains focused on playing at the 2018 World Cup after leaving Australian club side Melbourne City.
Tim Cahill , who turned 38 on Tuesday, admitted he would need regular game time after helping Australia qualify for next summer’s tournament in Russia.
Cahill was in the second year of a lucrative multi million-dollar contract that was reportedly heavily front-end loaded. This was expected to be his last season as a player, as the third season of his contract was set to see him transition into a coaching role with the club.
Cahill has played just six games for City this season, five of which he has started from the bench and had reportedly fallen out with Joyce after dropping out of the starting line-up.
“Playing in the domestic league in Australia was always an important career goal for me, and my experience here has been fulfilling from start to finish,” said Cahill.
“Qualifying for the World Cup has been a great adventure, and it would be a massive honour to represent my country in Russia. That will be my focus in the coming months.”
My experience here has been great and I have enjoyed contributing to the culture inside the Club, being asked to take on a leadership role and, most importantly, being able to mentor a lot of the younger players – something I will continue to do in the future.
“I wish the club, head coach, players and all the fans all the very best for the rest of the season. It’s never easy to say goodbye but it was great to win last weekend and make a contribution, and also to have the club sitting third in the league.”
Melbourne head coach Warren Joyce said: “Having players of Tim’s stature in the dressing room can only help develop a squad’s ambitions, and his impact on the team and for the club is well known, particularly with the younger players in the squad.
“In the period that I’ve worked with Tim, I have appreciated the contribution he has made both on and off the field and the dedication he has shown in training. We all wish him the very best on the next stage of his career.”