Cahill: If selected, I’ll be ready to go.


City forward and Socceroos all-time leading goalscorer Tim Cahill has said he’s ready to play a role for his team this Saturday night ahead of the first Melbourne Derby of the season.

Despite playing 120 minutes with the Socceroos in their crucial World Cup Qualifier, the 37-year-old says he fit and firing to deliver another Melbourne Derby memento at Etihad Stadium.

Cahill was the toast of the nation on Tuesday night as he guided the national team to the next stage of World Cup qualifying and says despite all the talk of how long he can play, it’s about what he can do for his side.

“Saturday’s contest, if selected, I’ll be ready to go,” Cahill said.

“I played 120 minutes of football, I feel great. There’s always talk about ‘can he play 90 minutes or is he a super sub?’ but when you play big games and are a part of a good set up, it’s about being selfless and being sure that if it’s 5 or 120 minutes, you can hope to contribute.

“The group of players have bought into what the Manager is about and we’re trying to look for consistency and discipline as a group and build that up this year. It’s going to be a good year, it’s exciting and we’re going to get our biggest test this weekend.”

Speaking at FOX Sports Melbourne Derby launch, Cahill had plenty of praise for those who the Socceroos legend is fighting for a spot in this week’s team.

“We’re second to none when it comes to depth in the team. All these young players that you help come through. Our coach, Warren Joyce, is the master of that with what he did before. Those guys have the chance of playing which is the positive thing.

City and Cahill take on Victory in the Derby on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, kick-off 7.50pm.