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Family first for Tim Cahill as he contemplates playing future

07:51 SAST 2018/07/06
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Australia's all-time leading goal scorer is yet to decide whether he will play on

After appearing in a fourth straight World Cup for the Socceroos, Tim Cahill hasn't decided on his playing future and won't be anytime soon as he prioritises spending time with his family.

Cahill joined Millwall halfway through last season, which meant being away from his family for an extended period.

Selected in the Socceroos World Cup squad, the 38-year-old then had to spend even more time apart from them.

Currently a free agent and just three games shy of becoming the most-capped Socceroo, Cahill admits any decision on his playing future won't be made until after spending some quality time with his family. 

"I promised my family that after the World Cup my priority would be spending time with them, so that’s what I’m doing before I make any decisions about my future," Cahill wrote in a piece for Fox Sports.

"I spent a long period away from them while I was at Millwall, and then there was the 40-day camp in Turkey and Russia.

"They managed to come to the last match against Peru in Sochi, but for now the most important thing for me is to spend time with my wife and kids."

Prior to joining Millwall, Cahill spent just over a season in the A-League with Melbourne City scoring 11 goals in his first campaign Down Under.

Making his name at Everton over an eight-year spell, the now 38-year-old has also played in America for the New York Red Bulls and in China for Shanghai Shenhua.

The Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer featured off the bench for Australia against Peru in Russia but couldn't become the fifth player in history to score in four consecutive World Cups.

With an Asian Cup less than six months away, Cahill could well be tempted to play on a little longer and earn a more triumphant farewell as the Socceroos look to defend their 2015 crown.