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Veteran Cahill Quits Melbourne To Focus On World Cup

This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Tim Cahill of Australia (C) celebrating with teammates after scoring against Syria during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match against Syria played in Sydney. PHOTO/AFP
This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Tim Cahill of Australia (C) celebrating with teammates after scoring against Syria during their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match against Syria played in Sydney. PHOTO/AFP

SYDNEY, Australia- Veteran Tim Cahill quit his club Melbourne City on Wednesday, with the Australian striker keen for more game time to cement his spot in the World Cup squad.

Cahill, Australia’s most prolific all-time international scorer with 50 goals, played a key role in helping the Socceroos qualify for Russia next year.

But he has rarely featured in the Melbourne starting line-up since joining the A-League side in 2016 and raised the prospect of a move last month, saying “I need game time”.

“Playing in the domestic league in Australia was always an important career goal for me, and my experience here has been fulfilling from start to finish,” he said Wednesday.

“Qualifying for the World Cup has been a great adventure, and it would be a massive honour to represent my country in Russia. That will be my focus in the coming months.”

A move to an Asian club is seen as a possibility, with the former Everton star, who turned 38 on Wednesday, playing in China before his transfer to Melbourne.

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