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Cahill revived by first City fortnight

AAP logoAAP 27/08/2016 Ben McKay

Socceroos striker Tim Cahill has been "rejuvenated" by his first fortnight with Melbourne City as he prepares to switch his efforts towards the national team.

Australia begins the next phase of World Cup qualifying in Perth on Thursday against Iraq, before travelling to the United Arab Emirates for an away qualifier five days later.

The prolific striker has been all action since arriving in Melbourne two weeks ago.

Cahill began training within hours of landing from New York, and made a debut in the FFA Cup last Wednesday night.

He'll be the first Socceroo in camp for two crucial World Cup qualifiers in the next two weeks when he lands in Perth on Sunday.

Temperatures above 40 degrees await the Socceroos in Abu Dhabi, before City take Cahill to a training camp in Townsville shortly after.

The grind might challenge plenty of players but the indefatigable Cahill, known for combining off-field pursuits with a relentless on-field approach, insists it's all in a day's work.

"It's been pretty hectic," he told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday.

"Getting off the plane form New York straight away to training then going to Brisbane and back and now Perth ... (then) the UAE and then Townsville to meet the boys.

"It's all been managed well ... the professionalism of the club is exceptional, not that I've been surprised.

The 36-year-old said he's not felt burdened by his high-profile return.

"I feel rejuvenated," he said.

"Obviously as a player coming back home there's a lot of pressure but you have to test yourself."

City unveiled their away strip on Saturday in a departure from the club's tradition.

The red and white striped home kit of Melbourne Heart became City's away strip until now, but this season the club will play in a blended two-panelled shirt.

The club is expected to ditch its interim majority-white home kit next year and play in 'City Blue' of their parent club Manchester City.

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