Soceroos legend Tim Cahill has decided to part ways with A-League club, Melbourne City effective immediately.
Cahill will leave the club mid-season as he aims to get more game time in the build up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“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,” Cahill said.
“The welcome from fans, the quality of the facilities and the ever-increasing quality of football continues to be a source of immense pride.
“I want to thank Melbourne City, the players and the staff, and especially the fans. It was amazing to help bring the first piece of silverware to this Club, and this makes me very proud.
“I wish the club, head coach, players and all the fans all the very best for the rest of the season. It’s never easy to say goodbye but it was great to win last weekend and make a contribution, and also to have the Club sitting third in the league.
“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.”
Cahill scored 13 goals for City, since making his debut against Melbourne Victory in Round of last season.
He also helped the club win its first piece of silverware, scoring the winning goal in City’s FFA Cup final win over Sydney FC in 2016.
“Tim has been part of Melbourne City during a significant period in its history, scoring the winning goal in the FFA Cup Final and contributing 13 goals in his first season in the A-League,” City CEO Scott Munn said
“We are grateful for his professionalism, leadership and mentorship of the playing group, particularly the younger players, to whom he has been a great source of inspiration and learning.
“Everyone at Melbourne City wishes Tim the best of luck for the future, and thanks him for his contribution to the Club and to the Australian game.”