Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has revealed his desire to return to Australia while he 'still has something left to give as a player'.
The Socceroos star, who will turn 29 in December, is contracted at Goodison Park until 2012, but his pledged financial support for South Coast FC's bid to join the Australian domestic league in 2010-11 looks set to dominate his future.
The former Millwall star also plans to set up an academy with the Wollongong franchise bearing his own name and that could mean a permanent return to his homeland at some point in the next few years.
"Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to round off my football life playing for a team that I'm convinced will get a licence to join the competition sooner rather than later," he told Australian website www.theworldgame.sbs.com.au.
"The fact I can be part of the club's player development in terms of giving kids in the region a chance to excel would only make it sweeter. I'm in this project for the long haul.
"I want to be part of the club in a meaningful way on the field too. I want to come home when I still have something left to give as a player. That's also very important to me.
"Obviously I couldn't be happier where I am right now at Everton, but it would great to be a part of helping build the game up back home too because football has given me a great life."
David Moyes will be eager to maintain his star's immediate focus though, as his inconsistent Everton side prepare for a tricky looking tie at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.