Tim Cahill rules out return to A-League

Australian great Tim Cahill has ruled out the prospect of returning to A-League for another stint. The 38-year-old is presently a free agent after the expiry of his contract with Millwall and he is said to be eyeing a move to the United States, where he would like to participate in either the Major League Soccer or the second-tier United Soccer League.

Speaking to reporters, Cahill admitted that he would like to reside in the United States for the remainder of his playing career and this should rule out a potential return to the Australian A-League. He added that he is presently undergoing his coaching badges (alongside Arsenal legend Petr Cech) but he would nevertheless prefer playing domestically in the United States.

He said: “I have heard whispers about [returning to] the A-League. I will be open and honest, my experience was fantastic, my debut [for Melbourne City in 2016] is something I will never forget. To live in America and play in the A-League is impossible so respectfully I will draw a line in the sand about me coming home. That should stop any whispers. I will go to the UK for my UEFA [coaching] license, then I will open a door for offers to play football, I’ve not really entertained anyone yet. Domestic, there could be opportunity but I have time to decide.”

The Sydney-born striker initially shot to fame with Millwall in 2014 where he was influential towards the side reaching the FA Cup final versus Manchester United. Thereafter, he spent eight successful seasons with Everton before testing himself in different leagues across the world. Among those, Cahill enjoyed a three-year stint with New York Red Bulls where he contributed 16 goals but it will be interesting to see whether he can attract renewed interest with his trailing age.

Should an MLS not come forward for his signature, Cahill could mirror the career path of Chelsea great Didier Drogba and head to the United Soccer League. Drogba has spent the past 15 months with second-tier side Phoenix Rising and Cahill may ideally succeed the Ivorian at the club upon his retirement this year.

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