Football: Australia's record scorer Tim Cahill joins Melbourne City

Australian football player Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring his second goal in the Group B 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying match in Sydney, on March 29, 2016.
Australian football player Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring his second goal in the Group B 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying match in Sydney, on March 29, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - Australia's record scorer Tim Cahill has signed for Melbourne City FC, a move that will see him play in the country's domestic A-League competition for the first time.

Cahill, who has won 91 caps for Australia and is the country's record scorer with 47, has signed a three-year contract with Melbourne City.

The midfielder will play for two years then join the club's coaching staff in 2018, the team said on Thursday (Aug 11).

Cahill, 36, has represented his country in three consecutive World Cups and the Asian Cup, becoming the first Australian to score in each competition.

"I am incredibly excited to have signed with Melbourne City and ultimately the City Football Group. There is real ambition and purpose here, qualities that are immensely important to me," Cahill said in a statement.

Cahill joins Melbourne City after leaving Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown in July.

Cahill previously played for Shanghai Shenhua, the MLS' New York Red Bulls, Everton in the English Premier League and Millwall, also in England.