On your mark, get set…go! The Tim Cahill Sweepstakes in the A-League (assuming the Socceroos legend chooses it) is in full swing, as Cahill saw his contract terminated by Chinese Super League giant Shanghai Shenhua after signing to said contract extension months earlier.
“I’m very sorry to announce that I have reached an agreement with Shanghai Shenhua to terminate my contract after being told that I’m not part of the new coach (Gregorio) Manzano’s plans for the 2016 season having only just signed a new contract in November,” Cahill wrote on Instagram. “This is very sad especially after what I feel I have helped to build in Shanghai Shenhua on and off the park. Just thinking about saying goodbye to my teammates and especially the amazing fans is heartbreaking.
“Regardless of whether my contract is being honoured and paid out in full, I would much rather have seen it out and finished what we started. I will always think about what could have been for us as a club in 2016. I will be able to share more information in the next 48 hours once the final details have been completed. Next chapter coming very soon!
“I would like to thank the amazing Shenhua supporters, the Chinese staff members and all my team-mates for your amazing support; you will all be remembered by my family and myself. I would also like to thank my Chinese partner SECA for their continued support in my career.”
The next chapter could see Cahill come back to Australia in the A-League. As a Sydney native, Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers would be in the driver’s seat. The intrigue of Melbourne Victory and their consistency might also lure Cahill to signing. At age 36, the A-League would be a perfect place for Cahill to complete his footballing career.
He has also played in MLS as a member of the New York Red Bulls, so while it is an outside shot, a return to New York might fulfill Cahill’s intentions to not play in Australia. However, the A-League would seem to be best for Cahill at this point in his career, and both Sydney clubs and Melbourne Victory would be wise to court one of Australia’s greatest footballers while the sweepstakes are in full swing.