Tim Cahill has made his first appearance for new club Shanghai Shenhua in a friendly on Sunday ahead of next weekend’s Chinese Super League season opener.
The Socceroo superstar started and played almost 80 minutes as Shenhua defeated Wuhan 1-0 at the club’s home ground Hongkou Stadium.
While he didn’t get on the scoresheet himself, Cahill showed why he will be a huge asset for the club, involved in a number of promising attacks before Paulo Henrique scored the winner.
It was Cahill’s first proper hit-out since helping the Socceroos win the Asian Cup by beating Korea Republic in Sydney on January 31.
Great win and team performance,very disciplined and didn't concede #ShanghaiShenhua my 1st game since Asia Cup really happy to play 80mins.
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) March 1, 2015
It’s been a big couple of weeks for the 35-year-old since arriving in China and he seems to have settled comfortably into his new surrounds.
Cahill and his family celebrated his daughter Sienna’s eighth birthday this week.
He might now be in the blue of Shenhua but Cahill also still has the blue of Everton in his heart and tweeted his support for his former club ahead of their 2-0 EPL loss to Arsenal on Monday morning (AEDT).
But his focus will now certainly turn to his CSL debut on Sunday as Shenhua host local rivals Shanghai Shenxin in their season opener.