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Cahill to address A-League after friendly

  • Cahill to address A-League after friendly

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 04: Tim Cahill of Australia looks on during the international friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Greece at ANZ Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Tim Cahill will address his club future after the Socceroos's second friendly with Greece on Tuesday night.

Conjecture about whether Cahill will move to the A-League has again peaked, with the 36-year-old's contract with Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown set to expire next month.

Australia's all-time leading goalscorer has been a long-time target for Football Federation Australia (FFA), who see him as a highly marketable face that fits with the governing body's desire to grow the local game.

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Initial hopes of securing his services stalled in February when a war of words broke out between Cahill and FFA.

The peak body said it had been rebuffed by the then-free agent, a claim the player himself staunchly denied.

Cahill wasn't in the mood for transfer talk on Monday in Melbourne, preferring to focus on the match at Etihad Stadium.

But he intends to address the subject afterwards.

"To be totally respectful to all of you, I think this is something I'm definitely going to address after this game," said Cahill, who has scored three goals in 11 games for Hangzhou.

"It's fair to my teammates, the boss and the staff to (not) take a lot of focus off by talking about the A-League.

"I'm a massive supporter of the competition, and I've said time and time before the door will never be closed.

"But after the camp we'll be able to address these sorts of questions and see what can happen."

Cahill will wear the captain's armband on Tuesday in the absence of Mile Jedinak, who's been released from camp for personal reasons.

He said Australia should stick to what they know against Greece after beating the 2004 European champions 1-0 on Saturday - but not hold back on the aggression.

"I truly believe there is no such thing as friendlies," Cahill said.

"This is not an exhibition game.

"It can't be that mindset because we've got one goal: play as hard as we can and make sure we've left a lasting impression that keeps us in this squad."

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