KOLKATA, Sept 22: Australian football legend Tim Cahill, who is one of the high profile recruits for the next edition of Indian Super League, said he would look to be more than just a marquee signing for Jamshedpur FC.
The 38-year-old Australian record goalscorer has announced his international retirement after playing in Russia World Cup this year but is not ready to hang up his boots completely just yet.
�With three Asian Cup and four World Cup appearances, I would like to contribute on the park as much as off it,� Cahill, who scored 50 goals for Australia in a career spanning 14 years, told reporters Saturday, on the sidelines of ISL Media Day. Having debuted last season as part of ISL�s expansion to 10 teams, Jamshedpur finished a creditable fifth in their maiden campaign.
�I take great pride in playing and training. I would look to add more value than just be a marquee signing.�
Asked whether his age will come in his way with the long ISL season stretching from September 29 to March next year, the former Everton legend said: �It�s only 18 matches per season with good number of breaks in between.� �I�m used to playing 30-40 matches per season. It�s not long for me, it�s very short I would say. I would give my best.�
Cahill was all praise for Jamshedpur FC and said they tick all the boxes as far as structure and professional goes, something that made him join the club. �The professionalism, the set up the academy, the training ground and the future of the club really impressed me. Here at Jamshedpur FC, we have no distraction as players.� he said � PTI