Jamshedpur FC's marquee signing Tim Cahill is looking forward to the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season. The Australian striker is confident of his team's abilities after the pre-season in Spain.
"It is going to be a tough season. We have to focus on ourselves. We have been working hard in preseason. We wanna be organised, play nice football and win matches," Cahill said. Although the former Everton star is the only marquee player in the league this season, he feels no pressure and wants to focus on the collective effort.
"(I feel) no pressure of being one of the biggest players in the league. We have to show on and off the park what we are doing as a club.
"ISL is a shorter league with fewer teams. But the key is the league structure. I can speak about my club and Jamshedpur's structure is the key to success. Professionalism is important.
"Chinese Super League has big investments. They have big names in the league, some of the top players play there. The teams play in the AFC Champions League. As a marquee ISL player, I want to do well on the pitch bring and more crowd to the grounds," the 38-year-old said.
Tim Cahill revealed that he was approached by many agents in the summer. "During and after the World Cup, I was approached by many agents. I had offers from mainly the Middle East and Asia. But for me, the biggest thing was to understand the team.
"(I want to maintain) my level of fitness with the youngsters. I picked the right time to come to the league which (runs for) 6 Months and (has) 18 games (for each club)," he added.
Cahill is set to miss his team's first match of the season due to a suspension he picked up when he was at Millwall last season. But the player isn't too concerned. "That's life, that is how it goes on. I knew this before I signed for Jamshedpur. I thought I wasn't going to play before this opportunity came around." he stated.
The Socceroos player also supports the break in the league schedule during the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019.
"We have to adapt to the schedule. Need time off for the Asian Cup if you want your national side to do well. Look around, the biggest leagues have a gap for an international tournament," he concluded.