Tim Cahill's career at Everton appears to be at an end, and Adrian Houghton examines exactly what sort of impact he made at the English Premier League club
By Adrian Houghton
Tim Cahill, one of Australian football's enduring figures in the English Premier League, is poised to end his tenure with Everton Football Club and begin a new chapter in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls.
The 32-year-old has spent his entire senior football career in England, arriving at Milwall in 1997.
After seven fruitful seasons with The Lions – scoring 56 goals and providing 43 assists in 249 appearances – a dream switch to top-flight football under David Moyes on Merseyside was too good to resist.
A fee of £1.5m for the attacking midfielder was retrospectively seen as a bargain after a stellar first season with the club.
He quickly endeared himself to the Goodison Park faithful in his debut campaign, finishing it as Everton’s top goalscorer and fans' player of the season for 2004-05.
In eight seasons with the Toffees, Cahill scored 68 goals and made 38 assists in 278 games.
His success was built on sheer tenacity, an extreme work-rate and desire to compete, along with great versatility and a remarkable aerial ability for a man standing at 178cm.
More than anything, the passion he exuded for the game and Everton made him such an infectious character.
That trademark 'boxing kangaroo' corner flag celebration [pictured] is now firmly etched into the competition's legacy, and will not be forgotten by the blue faithful.
During his English journey Cahill recorded an impressive list of accolades.
In October 2006, the Sydney-born midfielder was one of 50 nominees for the prestigious Ballon D'Or – the first time an Everton player was nominated in 18 years.
Merseyside derbies against local rivals Liverpool became Cahill's pedigree, and his five goals make him Everton's top scorer in the hotly contested clashes since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.
The Australia international ends his stint in the Premier League as arguably the greatest scorer of headed goals; with a headed goal on average every 6.30 games, he has the best ratio of any player.
Fans all over the world receive Cahill with a great appreciation for the energy and passion he has brought to the game.
The man Everton supporters like to call, 'Tiny Tim' was a revelation and duly touted as a modern-day legend for the club.
Plaudits for the Australian star are more than well deserved after a fine career in English football.
Everton's loss is now New York's gain.