Speaking at the unveiling of new Head of A-League Greg O’Rourke, FFA Chief Executive David Gallop has revealed that talks with Tim Cahill and the possibility of him playing in the A-League are progressing and fans should watch this space.
There have been reports that Tim Cahill has rejected a contract extension with his Chinese Super league club Hangzhou Greentown and will sign a deal with Melbourne City.
Speaking at the FFA appointment of O’Rourke in Sydney, Gallop said the FFA are negotiating with the Socceroo star’s management and are close to finalising a deal.
“At the moment it’s very positive and a bit of a watch this space,” he said.
“Positive talks are ongoing with Tim. I met with his manager yesterday and I spoke to Tim last night. It’s not appropriate to say more than positive talks are ongoing, I’ve said before I’d love to have Tim playing in the A-league I believe it’s the right time in his career. He’s got the opportunity to make a history making appearance in the World Cup in Russia in 2018.”
The FFA are negotiating with Cahill as part of its strategic plan that includes a more centralised approach where the governing body and the A-League clubs work together to sign marquees
New Head of A-League O’Rourke said that it was crucial to have players of the calibre of Cahill who can provide a marketing and commercial boost to the league.
“The players like the Tim Cahill’s of the world are the ones that can really make a difference to the league,” he said.
"And (also)to the expansion and to the financial viability of the whole of the league, they are the ones who can drive engagement and are the ones who can drive more interest from media.
“I think that if you think it should be where ageing Socceroos return to finish their careers as a statement, I don’t think that is correct. But if you are bringing back the Tim Cahill’s of the world that can really make a difference to the marketing of this league absolutely you’d do anything within your power to be able do that. And I’m sure that’s what currently we are doing in the FFA”1 comment