Tim Cahill Defies Clock in Return to Australian Soccer

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Ian Rush, the Liverpool striker that played sparing for Sydney Olympic back in 2000, is characterising the return of Tim Cahill to Australia in service to A-League club Melbourne City as a positive event. This is true in many ways, but can we introduce a measure of reality?

Cahill is 36. His last job was in China with the Hangzhou Greentown Football Club in the Chinese Super League. Prior to that, he was with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC.

He even, although we are loathe to cast aspersions in his direction, played in 62 games from 2012 to 2015 for the New York Red Bulls of MLS.

It is a long way from Millwall FC and Liverpool’s Everton FC of the EPL to the U.S. and China, literally and figuratively, but we would never criticise a person for wanting to put food on the table, after all, our motto is, Will Write Words for Food. Our career was extended first by the electric typewriter and secondly by spell check.

We have seen this sort of career trajectory before, in all sports, where the ravages of time have humbled the greatest and relegated the average to obscurity.

Cahill’s glory years were glorious, no dispute. The Sydney native booted 127 goals from 1998 – 2012; 14 seasons of high-level soccer is nothing to disparage.

Rush expresses the hope that Cahill can squeeze the minutes remaining on his clock while imparting his encyclopedic knowledge and experience to the younger set at Melbourne City.