Tim Cahill has ended speculation over his future by signing a new four-year contract with Everton. The new deal is set to keep the Australian at Goodison Park until 2014.
The 30-year-old already had two years remaining on his previous contract, but was keen to secure his long term future. He has enjoyed great success at the club, after all.
Since signing from Millwall in 2004, Cahill has scored 56 goals in 209 games and has become a firm fans’ favourite. He has scored important goals on a number of occasions for David Moyes’ side and now it seems he will be attempting to do so for the next four years.
The Australian – who has started 200 games for Everton – has now joined up with his national team ahead of the Football World Cup 2010, so it is good for club and player that this new deal has been sorted before the tournament begins.
Speaking before the end of the season, Cahill described Everton as an “amazing” club said he would happily sign for the rest of his life. He added that he respects everyone involved in making the team a success and that he hopes remain an Everton player for “a long time”.
It’s likely he will have his work cut out next season though. Everton’s Premier League betting suggests they will again have a tough time keeping up with the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, while the club could find it difficult to hang on to the likes of Jack Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini.
However, his new deal certainly should ensure Cahill will be at the club for most of his career. By the time 2014 comes around, Cahill will be 34-years-old, so there is no doubt he will be enjoying the best of his playing days at Everton.