Tim Cahill’s immediate future remains in China after the Socceroos star signed a deal with Hangzhou Greentown.
The 36-year-old’s contract with Shanghai Shenhua was surprisingly torn up last week, prompting speculation that the forward could make a move back to Australia with an A-League club.
Any such transfer was always unlikely however; the timing of his departure from Shenhua – outside the Australia transfer window – meant he would not have been able feature for an A-League side this season.
Cahill’s relationship with Football Federation Australia also presented a stumbling block to any potential A-League move; the two parties have been engaged in a recent war of words and on Friday, that escalated when Cahill launched a scathing attack on FFA.
he length of Cahill’s new contract with Hangzhou, however, keeps alive any faint hope Australian fans harbour that he will at some stage play professionally in his home country.
“The future now is clear, I want to put all my energy into Hangzhou Greentown Football Club and the Socceroos,” Cahill wrote on his Instagam page. “It’s been a difficult and challenging week however I’m very happy with the way this has all worked out.”
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