BIG COUP: Melbourne City FC's new signing Tim Cahill trains at the club's facility.
BIG COUP: Melbourne City FC's new signing Tim Cahill trains at the club's facility. JULIAN SMITH

Socceroo great just here to help

FOOTBALL: Tim Cahill doesn't want to have a "circus” around him at Melbourne City.

The Australian football great, who has signed a three-year deal with the club, said he wanted his presence to help grow the game in his home country.

"It's not about me wanting to be the main man,” he said.

"I can't promise anything, but one thing everyone knows what I do as a Socceroo is when I come back I try my hardest.”

Cahill said it would have been "comfortable” to re-sign with his Chinese club but he wanted to test himself.

"I (could have) stayed in China and coast through it, but I think this is going to give me a good challenge personally,” he said.

"Let's be blunt. There's going to be a lot of pressure on me. But there was a lot of pressure when I moved to the Premier League, there was a lot of pressure when I took that jump to the MLS (Major League Soccer).”

Cahill said he wanted to work with younger players and build a strong culture at the club.

After his first training session with the club, Cahill said he was "excited for big things” in Melbourne.

"It's an exciting moment for myself. It's been 19 years or so since I've been back to Australia properly,” he said.

"It was pretty special arriving in the country yesterday. It actually hit me that it's real.

"I knew it was the right decision months ago when we were talking, and I think overall for me personally it's the right decision for me as a footballer.”


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