Tim Cahill Hints At Melbourne City Exit Before World Cup
Tim Cahill has cast doubt over his future with Melbourne City, suggesting he will walk if he can't get regular A-League football in the lead-up to next year's World Cup.
The Socceroos talisman, who turns 38 next month, overcame an ankle problem in time to run out nearly 70 minutes of Wednesday's 3-1 win over Honduras, a result that sends Australia - and Cahill - to a fourth straight showpiece.
Cahill has been used only frugally off the bench under Warren Joyce this season, his first start against Sydney FC interrupted by the injury that has had the country on tenterhooks throughout the final two-legged play-off.
"For me now, I've got to make some big decisions on the level of where I'm playing at and what I'm going to do," Cahill told Fox Sports after Australia's triumph.
"We'll just enjoy this for now, but I need game time. I knew this was going to happen, it was only a matter of time. I'm excited for the future.
"I would have done anything to be part of this group and I'm going to do anything to stay a part of it."
Pressed further on whether he would look elsewhere in the absence of game time for City, Cahill was coy but dropped heavy hints.
"It's something that I'll make sure that either way for me I'm always going to play. If I don't, I'll find a way to play," Cahill said.
"For me to have the chance of being involved in four World Cups needs a bit of thought processing.
"I need to play and I need to stay fit. I feel great even though I've got an ankle injury and that's something I'll look at in the next few weeks.
"To get to a World Cup you need to be playing at the highest level.
"My job was qualifying for the World Cup. My next job now is testing myself to see how competitive I can be if I want to get to another World Cup."
Brisbane Roar coach and former Socceroos striker John Aloisi said believed Cahill would walk away from City if he isn't given more minutes.
"He virtually said if he doesn't get game time he's off, he's away from Melbourne City," Aloisi said.
"Because he wants to go to the World Cup and he knows he needs to play regular football to get there.
"I was surprised, because there must be something behind it for him to make that comment."