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The Australian has conceded that staying with one team for a long period brings plenty of challenges but that he has remained loyal by turning down opportunities to leave Goodison

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has admitted that every year spent with the same club gets harder, but insists he will not leave until the Toffees no longer want him.

Cahill has made over 200 appearances for the club since signing from Millwall in 2004, and acknowledged it would have been easier for him to look for "fresh impetus" elsewhere rather than remaining at Goodison Park.

"If you stay at a club, it's harder," he told the Daily Mirror. "It's easier to leave, really - it's easier to have a fresh challenge, because you join a new team, you have a clean slate, you nick a few goals and you have a fresh impetus.

"But I've found it's harder to stay because every year gets harder, expectations get higher, fans may get complacent about players and what they want them to achieve. They want a difference, they want a change.

"I've always said I will leave only when this football club is done with me. I think loyalty goes a long way, and I've always wanted to repay the faith this club had in me, when I came from nothing."

The Australia international added that he had received opportunities to leave Everton during his seven-year spell with the club.

"As for major decisions in life there have been plenty of opportunities, but I have never conducted it in the media," he said.

"I respect this club too much that create things that might be there, might not be there."

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