Tim Cahill has indicated he could be open to an early departure from the New York Red Bulls, potentially fuelling hopes of a move to the A-League.
The Red Bulls' Major League Soccer Playoffs campaign ended in a 4-3 aggregate defeat to New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final on Saturday, freeing up the veteran forward to concentrate on Australia's Asian Cup campaign on home soil next month.
The 34-year-old has a year remaining on his contract with the franchise, but offered a noncommittal response when quizzed on his future.
"Who knows, mate," Cahill was quoted as saying by Empire of Soccer.
"You know, I'm going to have a little break with the kids. Chill out. I'm going to play in (the) Asian Cup and try and do well for my country.
"I'll talk with the club afterwards but I've enjoyed it. It's been an unbelievable two and a half years. It's been amazing but main thing for me is to concentrate on the Asia Cup now."
The Red Bulls could be open to releasing Cahill ahead of schedule, with the former Everton man one of the club's highest earners but struggling somewhat to justify that outlay in recent months.
The veteran's frequent departures for Socceroos matches have also proven unpopular in some quarters, something the ex-Millwall man made reference to.
"You know, there's no more Red Bulls missing out on Tim Cahill (because of) going on international duty now," he said.
"We've done well, we win together, we lose together and I've got an Asian Cup now. I'll have a few days off and then keep myself ticking over, but, I'm excited."
Sydney FC, Western Sydney and Melbourne City have all been touted as possible destinations for Cahill should he opt to finish in career in Australia.
A-League clubs could face competition from the UK though, with Premier League and Championship sides likely to be among the suitors for the experienced forward's services.comments