Tim Cahill opens door to A-League loan move

Tim Cahill has opened the door to a loan move to the A-League.

The Socceroos star says he’ll decide in the next month whether to seek a loan, now his US Major Soccer League season has ended.

“I play my last game on Tuesday, go back to New York, chill with my family, go on holiday and then decide,” Cahill told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.

“It’s something that probably won’t come up until mid-December.

“It all depends if I want to and if it works for my body – the plan has to be for the World Cup, not really for me personally.”

Cahill will front for Australia against Costa Rica on Tuesday night and the new US season doesn’t start until March next year.

Barring injury, the 33-year-old is assured of a spot in Australia’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil starting next June, possibly as captain.

Cahill said the A-League was a viable option for any move, on loan, from his New York Red Bulls.

“First of all, the league is more than strong enough,” he said.

“What we have built in the years past is something to be very proud of.

“For me personally, playing in the MLS suits me and the international team better.

“The four weeks to six weeks that I have off to do a rehab and reconditioning on all the little injuries and niggles … seeing whether I can get my body right to go on loan.

“And if not, I’m ready to … move onwards and upwards with the New York Red Bulls.”

And Cahill revealed new Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou had encouraged his team to attend Saturday night’s A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory in Sydney.

It’s a far cry from March, when Australia players were banned by then-coach Holger Osieck from attending an A-League match ahead of a Tuesday night World Cup qualifier.

But Postecoglou wants the Socceroos to experience the burgeoning competition’s atmosphere as part of his plan to grow the code in Australia.

“It’s refreshing,” Cahill said.

“Tonight we’re going to an A-League game to watch Western Sydney Wanderers, he (Postecoglou) wants to share the experience that us European players haven’t got to see.

“It’s going to be a good moment for all us. It’s a lot of change going on, but for the positive.”

Cahill said the Costa Rica friendly was a chance for the Socceroos to forge a new identity under Postecoglou, but was uncertain whether he would replace Lucas Neill as captain.

“It has got nothing to do with me, I have never once brought it up,” he said of the captaincy.

“For me as a footballer, the most important thing is to concentrate on my football.

“I’m relaxed. There is no pressure on me.

“Whatever the manager chooses to do, whoever leads their country is going to do a great job and we have got some great leaders in this team.

“It’s a privilege to have your name in the mix but overall, it’s not for me to pick a captain now or even make an opinion on it.”

Cahill said the leadership speculation was not disruptive.

“I’m not distracted – what am I going to be distracted about?,” he said.

“It’s a privilege but then again, it has never come out of my mouth.

“I suppose it’s a distraction to whoever it bothers, but it doesn’t bother me.”

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