Tim Cahill has officially announced that his time at Melbourne City in the A-league is over, with the Socceroo stating his future on Instagram today.
The superstar forward who has kicked more goals for Australia than any other player in history has been unhappy with the little game time he has been receiving and is leaving as a result.
Cahill wants to be ready for the 2018 Russian Wolrd Cup and with the minimal time on the field this season, Cahill feels he wouldn’t be ready if he stayed.
“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,” Cahill said.
“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.”
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“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. The welcome from fans, the quality of the facilities and the ever-increasing quality of football continues to be a source of immense pride.”
“I want to thank Melbourne City, the players and the staff, and especially the fans. It was amazing to help bring the first piece of silverware to this Club, and this makes me very proud. 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.”
Meanwhile, his Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce made his thoughts on Cahill decision to leave the club heard as well.
“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,” Joyce said.
Cahill was City’s biggest marquee signing 15 months ago, with the forward kicking 13 goals since his arrival.
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