Waking up to the news that Tim Cahill – the greatest Socceroos’ performer of all-time – could possibly be playing for Sydney FC next season, was enough to make me forget that a desperately unlucky Australia have already been knocked out of the World Cup in Brazil, despite two of the most spirited sporting efforts in the nation’s history.
According to media reports, the Sky Blues are in the early stages of discussion with the Cahill camp and are hoping they can convince the 34-year-old to seek a release from the final year of his $3.5 million per season deal with MLS club New York Red Bulls and return to the city of his birth to become the new face of the A-League.
Sydney’s marquee player budget is said to be around the $2 million mark, but FFA CEO David Gallop has hinted that the game’s governing body – along with other private third party contributors – could be prepared to help finance the deal, similar to when Australian football darling Harry Kewell signed with Melbourne Victory in 2011.
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Whilst, at 34, it’s fair to say he is past his prime, Cahill’s thunderous left-foot volley against the Netherlands (shown above), which sent the entire football world into raptures, shows that his technical ability has not faded. And with a work-ethic, level of professionalism and ability to repeatedly rise to the occasion that are unrivalled in the Australian sporting landscape, there is no doubt Cahill has what it takes to be a genuine star in the A-League for the next two or three seasons.
And when you consider the buzz his presence would create at the league’s turnstiles, as well as at the grass roots level of the game, then this has to be a no-brainer for Sydney FC and the FFA. If Cahill decides he wants to return, then they need to make it happen, simple.
Have your say: How excited are you at the prospect of Tim Cahill playing for Sydney FC next season?