TIM CAHILL declared he will always be an Evertonian as he insisted it was a difficult decision to leave Goodison after eight years.
The 32-year-old Australian international was able to train with his new New York Red Bulls team-mates after passing a
Cahill is still waiting for a Visa to work in America, but that appears to be a formality after he spoke about his excitement at a new chapter in his career, and sadness at leaving Merseyside.
He said: “I want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to tremendous supporters. It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave. I will always support Everton and I wish the club the best of luck in the future.
Cahill is already targeting helping to bring silverware to the Red Bull arena.
“I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls,” Cahill added. “As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.
“I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge. I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup.”
Cahill’s excitement about the £1m move is matched by his new club’s Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler.
He said: “We are absolutely thrilled to bring in a player of Tim’s caliber to the Red Bulls.
“Tim is a proven leader both on and off the field and we believe that he can help us immediately in our quest to win the MLS Cup this season.”