TIM Cahill has officially parted ways with Melbourne City.
So where is the Socceroos talisman headed next?
The Just for Kicks panel looked at Cahill’s departure and where he could be headed next.
WHERE COULD HE GO?
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FORMER Central Coast Mariners star Daniel McBreen said Cahill could consider a move to a club in the Middle East, given the timing of the different transfer windows.
“The Middle East? That opens next week, doesn’t it — the transfer window apparently?” McBreen said on Just for Kicks.
“So we know he could go there and get game time and (there are) some quite strong leagues there with some talented players.
“But there’s rumours — as there always is in football — for everywhere.”
Meanwhile, former Socceroo Robbie Slater said he hoped to see Cahill continue in the A-League at another club.
Slater said it was clear Cahill felt he wouldn’t get the game time he needed under City manager Warren Joyce.
“I’d love for him to stay in the Hyundai A-League,” Slater said.
“I don’t know if that’s possible — obviously his people will be talking to different people. “Maybe he’s already made a decision — maybe that’s why he quit.
“I don’t think it’s any surprise, after the … Honduras qualification we saw his interview so obviously there was problems — Joyce can’t guarantee him a place.”
McBreen said the issue for Cahill if he stayed in the A-League was the fact he’d have to wait for the January transfer window in order to switch clubs.
“But if he stays in the A-League as well, he’ll have a month off because he can’t go until January,” he said.
“Then the A-League finishes a little bit earlier than the other leagues so he won’t be playing all the way up to (the World Cup).
“So would that be the best for game time?”
WHY HE’S LOOKING TO MOVE
FORMER Socceroos and Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson said without Ange Postecoglou at the helm, Cahill would want to get as much game time under his belt as possible to ensure he would head to next year’s World Cup.
“You’ve got to remember that Ange is not at the helm any more,” Thompson said.
“So he was probably almost guaranteed a seat on the flight because he was there.
“Apparently he needs to play football, we all know that he was gonna make a move — obviously we were all a bit shocked that it happened so quickly.
“We don’t want to see him leave the A-League because what he’s done over the last year has been amazing.
“He’s done enough for the Socceroos, he’s got us to a World Cup — if he wants to go over and try and play a lot more football, which needs to be done, then let him do it.”
Slater said Cahill was making a call that would allow him to play more club football.
“We know that he needs to play some football — he’s making that statement,” Slater said.
“He hasn’t heard what he wanted to hear from Warren Joyce.
“The thing is, in football, it doesn’t’t matter where you play — you can’t be guaranteed a spot.
“I think there’s a rift that started a while ago and I think it was destined to end.”