Socceroos midfielder Tim Cahill has suggested he will consider joining an A-League club on loan in a bid to boost his World Cup preparations.
Speaking after Australia's open training session on Saturday morning ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Costa Rica, Cahill opened the door for a return to his home country now that his season with New York Red Bulls is over.
The 33-year-old will go on holidays until next month but is hoping to remain fit in the lead up to next year's tournament in Brazil.
"I play my last game on Tuesday, go back to New York, chill with my family, go on holiday and then decide," Cahill told reporters. "It's something that probably won't come up until mid-December. It all depends if I want to and if it works for my body -- the plan has to be for the World Cup, not really for me personally."
Cahill insists the A-League would provide him with a good challenge for a temporary stint, although he is also hoping for time off to recover from a number of niggling injuries.
"First of all, the league is more than strong enough," he said. "What we have built in the years past is something to be very proud of. For me personally, playing in the MLS suits me and the international team better.
"The four weeks to six weeks that I have off to do a rehab and reconditioning on all the little injuries and niggles... seeing whether I can get my body right to go on loan. And if not, I'm ready to... move onwards and upwards with the New York Red Bulls."
Cahill was once again pressed on the possibility of him taking over as Socceroos captain.
"It has got nothing to do with me, I have never once brought it up," he added. "For me as a footballer, the most important thing is to concentrate on my football. I'm relaxed. There is no pressure on me. Whatever the manager chooses to do, whoever leads their country is going to do a great job and we have got some great leaders in this team.
"It's a privilege to have your name in the mix but overall, it's not for me to pick a captain now or even make an opinion on it."