SOCCEROOS coach Ange Postecoglou has moved to cool the debate over whether Tim Cahill should be wooed to join the A-League, insisting that no single player could be seen as critical to the future of the game.
Three goals shy of hitting a half century of goals for his country, Cahill becomes a free agent next month — and earlier this week called on A-League officials to make the running if they wanted him to feature in the Australian competition.
Asked about Cahill’s assertion that he had not been approached to sign for an A-League club, Postecoglou said the question made “a lot of assumptions” about contract talks. “That’s the storyline in the press and I know what’s going on behind the scenes,” he said.
“There’s certainly a willingness to get Tim to play here, but Australian football doesn’t hinge on one person, never has.
“We’re talking about guys like Aaron Mooy, he played in the A-League last year and performed extremely well against some high-profile opponents the other day. It’s in the hands of the people involved.
“Timmy’s obviously a person determined to make the most out of his career and he’s got a real goal of staying in the national team and keep contributing. His next move is a critical one from a personal perspective, and it would be great for the A-League if he came here.
“The future of the A-League doesn’t hinge on Tim or anyone else, but nor does Tim’s future hinge on it. The most important thing is for Tim to keep performing well – if those two things can match up one day, that’d be great.”
© 2016 The Daily Telegraph | This article was written by Tom Smithies and first appeared on The Daily Telegraph website on 3 June 2016.