It has all happened very suddenly but is not totally unexpected. Tim Cahill has ended his time at Everton after agreeing a transfer to New York Red Bull in the MLS.
When Cahill signed for Everton in the summer of 2004, Evertonians were very much in need of a hero. The club was on it’s knees, boardroom squabbles were common place, the team had just finished one place above the relegation places and Wayne Rooney was looking for a transfer away from Goodison.
Cahill was signed for just £1.8 million from Millwall, a genuine bargain in modern day football and impressed all around him from the day he arrived at Goodison. From making his debut in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford to scoring the winner the following week at Eastlands against City, Cahill was fantastic throughout his first season at the club. He finished the year with another goal, his 11th of the season, in a 4th place clinching win against Newcastle and took all the plaudits at the annual end of season awards.
From that first season onwards Cahill has taken the club to his heart. Alan Ball famously said, “once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same.” This was particularly true of Cahill who often speaks publicly about his affection for Everton Football Club. Whether he has played as an orthodox midfield player or as a genuine centre forward, Cahill has always given his best for Everton. Until the last 18 months goals flowed freely, totalling 68 goals in 278 matches, and although the goals did dry up, Cahill’s commitment never wained.
Tim Cahill has and always will be a fantastic ambassador for Everton. He speaks fondly of everyone from the Chairman to Jimmy Martin the kit man and will be welcomed back at Goodison whenever the time is right. Tim Cahill may not have a winners medal to show for his time at Goodison but he is the greatest Australian to pull on the blue shirt and will be remembered rightly so as a true Everton giant.
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