Australia international Tim Cahill said he never considered a move back to Australia to play in the A-League as his Everton career came to an end.
Cahill, who was unveiled as Major League Soccer outfit New York Red Bulls' new signing at a press conference on Monday, said he felt a move back to the A-League was not in his interests as he attempts to make a third World Cup appearance for Australia in Brazil.
"This is a massive move for me," Cahill told reporters on Monday.
"Moving to the A-League, in all fairness, would have been a step backwards.
"And that's no disrespect. It's basically, I want to still play at a high level.
"There's still another World Cup for me to play in and qualify for the Australian team, and this is a massive opportunity.
"I didn't speak to any A-League clubs and it was never in my plans.
"The one thing I do in Australia is create pathways for kids to follow their dreams with my soccer clinics, and I make sure that they know that if a kid like me can make it then they have opportunities.
"I think I'm more interested in the grassroots level of football in Australia and not playing there."