Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cahill Hints He Will Keep Going

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cahill Hints He Will Keep Going

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FOOTBALL: Tim Cahill has revealed that retirement plans could be postponed and declared Asian qualification was a must for Melbourne City on the eve of the A-League season.

The Socceroos' leading goalscorer joined Melbourne City last season on a three-year deal, with a two-year playing contract expected to morph into a coaching role in 2018-19.

He may be turning 38 in December but Cahill, who will miss Round 1 of the A-League as he and the Socceroos navigate the World Cup playoffs, dropped the strongest hint yet that this may not be his final season.

"Way too early (to call it his last season), with the way my body is and the way that I'm feeling, I'm concentrating on the 27 games this year," Cahill said.

"Last season I was injured for pretty much 40 percent of the season and I played 23 (games) plus internationals.

"This year I've upped my running data and really pushed myself that I'm going to have a better year fitness-wise.

"It's been a great eight-week pre-season and I have not missed a day of training or pulled out of sessions. …

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