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Jamshedpur FC ropes in Australia’s Tim Cahill


Jamshedpur FC announced the signing of one of the biggest names of Australian football, Tim Cahill. Cahill will be trying out his first Asian venture after announcing his retirement from international football. Cahill is also the all-time leading goal scorer for Australia, having scored 50 goals in 107 international caps between 2004 and 2018. He was the first Australian to score at a FIFA World Cup and has played in four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018).

Cahill will definitely be one of the biggest draws in the Indian Super League this season. The 38-year-old attacking midfielder, who had an impressive eight- year spell with Everton in his 20-year-old club career, has given a big boost to the aspirations of Jamshedpur FC.

Cahill, 38, comes with a lot of rich footballing experience, having scored 168 goals in 694 club appearances in his career. The Aussie played long spells for English top-tier clubs Everton and Millwall. Commenting on the development, Cahill said: "I'm excited to be part of the ISL and my new team Jamshedpur. It's been an easy process to make this decision because of the club's professionalism and their goals for what they want to achieve. To be a part of their project is massive for me because I know I can help the team on and off the park with my leadership and experience. I want to help grow the game in India and encourage young kids to play football," he added. Cahill will join the squad in Madrid as the team continues preparing for the 2018-19 ISL season. Cahill, who was also a part of the Australian team that won the continental crown, the AFC Asian Cup, in 2015, said.

Tim Cahill will pull on the green and gold one last time - but his association with the national team won't end there as he plans to stick around as the team's unofficial mentor. FFA has confirmed the Socceroos' greatest ever goal scorer will come out of retirement for a farewell match against Lebanon on November 20. Cahill said on Tuesday he had been mentoring the current squad for the past four years and planned to continue to do so. "I've been grooming the next players for the last four years especially about consistency and playing for their club," Cahill said. "The effort you put in for your club has to be the same standard you put in for your country, I've done it my whole career and it takes a massive toll on your body,” he added. Cahill confirmed his Indian Super League move would probably be his final club stint. Just as the Socceroos legend retired from international football after the World Cup, he also plans to hang up the club boots for good after a swansong season with new club, Jamshedpur FC. That could be followed by a coaching career, for which he's already in the process of earning his badges. "India will probably be my last hurrah," Cahill said. "It was something that really excited me, honestly. As one of the main players for that league at 38 years old, then my job is to be accountable and make sure I go there in the best shape possible and do well on the pitch, because that's what I represent. Cahill sought advice from several highpro file friends about India, including former Australian pace bowler Brett Lee. "I can't do the stuff I'm doing off the park, commercially, business and family (in the US)," he said.


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