Tim Cahill has left the New York Red Bulls by mutual consent, the MLS club have confirmed.
Arriving from Everton in the summer of 2012, Cahill got over a slow start to life in the States to put together an MVP-calibre campaign in his first full season, scoring 11 goals in 27 games to help the club claim the 2013 Supporters’ Shield – their first ever major piece of silverware.
The Australia international endured a testing 2014, however, scoring just twice in 23 regular-season appearances, as he struggled with injuries and the demands of juggling international football with his club commitments.
The Socceroos skipper was even dropped from the line-up during the closing stages of the campaign, as head coach Mike Petke opted for a central-midfield partnership of Eric Alexander and Dax McCarty.
Nevertheless, his recent performances in leading Australia to the Asian Cup title are said to have attracted interest from a host of clubs worldwide, with Fox Sports Australia reporting interest from China, the UAE and Qatar, as well as offers from the Premier League.
Now free to pursue those rumoured options , Cahill told the Red Bulls' official website: "I've enjoyed every moment of my time at the Red Bulls and leave with great memories.
"I joined with the ambition of helping to grow and positively affect soccer in the US and I feel immensely proud of what we achieved as a team during my time in the MLS.
“Winning the Supporter's Shield, was without doubt, one of the best moments I have experienced in my career and I am now looking forward to my next chapter, of which I will announce in due course."
Aged 35, Cahill showed clear signs of decline during his lacklustre 2014 in the States, but he also proved at the World Cup and the Asian Cup that he can still produce at the highest level.
Whether Premier League clubs will look to make a move now remains to be seen, but one has to think that those near the bottom of the table will at least consider an approach.