Former Everton star Tim Cahill has signed a short-term deal with Chinese club Hangzhou Greentown after being dumped by their rivals Shanghai Shenhua.
Cahil, who has spent eight memorable seasons at Goodison Park, was told that he was no longer in Shanghai’s plans just months after signing a new one-year contract with the club.
It wasn’t hard for former Everton ace to find a new club and has now penned a five-month deal with Hangzhou, who finished 11th in the league last campaign.
The 36-year-old midfielder has posted images of himself with his new shirt and signing his contract to Instagram, alongside the message: ‘Thank you to Hangzhou Greentown Football Club for this amazing opportunity.
‘I’m very happy to be back playing football. I have signed a contract for 5 months.
‘The future now is clear, I want to put all my energy into Hangzhou Greentown Football Club and the Socceroos.
‘It’s been a difficult and challenging week however I’m very happy with the way this has all worked out.
‘Always a massive thank you to everyone for their loyal support.’
In a statement on their website, the club said: ‘As the club’s main foreign import, looking forward to seeing a good performance from Cahill in the Chinese Super League. Tim Cahill good luck!’
After leaving Merseyside Blues in 2012, Cahill spent three years in Major League Soccer with New York Red Bulls before moving to China with Shanghai Shenhua.
Australian midfielder has scored 11 goals in 28 appearances for the club but last week was informed that he was no longer wanted by manager Gregorio Manzano for the 2016 campaign and now he is waiting for the new Chinese Super League season that kicks off on March 4.