New York Red Bull signing Tim Cahill: A-League move 'a step backwards'

The Australia international and fan favourite - having sealed his transfer to MLS heavyweights New York Red Bulls - revealed he never considered a move to the A-League

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."

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