Still riding the high of Australia’s historic Asian Cup triumph, star forward Tim Cahill today secured a move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, telling assembled reporters he’s thrilled he gets to ‘begin a new journey. @TCAcademy #TimCahillNewJourney’.

His deal, which follows a multi-year stint with the New York Red Bulls, potentially sees the Socceroos superstar finishing his career in China, much to the disappointment of Australian supporters eager to see Cahill ply his trade for an A-League club; an idea Cahill has regularly dismissed.

“I’ve said it several times in the past. If I am to come to the A-League I don’t want to just be a moving billboard like Alessandro Del Piero was. I want to make sure there is a legacy left behind and for that, the FFA needs a vision for how to properly use marquees. @TCAcademy #TimCahillNeedsVision.

“Shanghai Shenhua do have a vision – sign as many Australians as possible. Being an Australian, this vision suits me perfectly, so it’s something I can get behind one hundred percent. @TCAcademy #TimCahillAussieTimCahill.”

While A-League fans will have to continue waiting to see if Cahill will end his career back home, Cahill was full of praise for the domestic competition, saying it’s inspired tens of thousands of kids to dream of the future.

“I had humble beginnings, playing for Sydney United and Sydney Olympic. The A-League, and Fox Sports, have changed the landscape completely. Now young kids can start off their careers by signing up to network-run academies, which guarantees they’re trained in important commercial, business, and media skills, something I could only dream of as a kid. @TCAcademy #TimCahillFootballIsBusiness.”