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Melbourne City buzzing as Tim Cahill signs

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne City want Tim Cahill's signature to complete the club's transformation from A-League ugly ducklings to top dogs.

The all-time leading Socceroos goalscorer enjoyed his first training outing for his new club on Monday, the first time since 1997 he's worn Australian club colours.

For City fans, there's never been a more hopeful time to be a supporter.

There have been other milestones such as the club's formation in 2009, its league debut a year later and the purchase by cashed-up conglomerate City Football Group early in 2014.

Then there was World Cup winner David Villa's guest stint later that year.

But it's Cahill's signing that completes the cycle.

The biggest name in Australian football is now playing for the club that used to treat players to ice baths in recycling bins.

Coach John van 't Schip said the club's evolution had City well poised to leave their mark this season.

"We are looking every time to improve," he said.

"We improved with facilities. We're improving with the quality in players. We signed Bruno (Fornaroli) up as a marquee. We got Tim in.

"But those are no guarantees to win a title.

"It's all about hard work. Dedication. Effort.

"The real attitude to have that winning mentality ... those things Tim all has.

"He's won titles. He has a winning mentality. He has a guidance for young players.

"He's going to help us. We're going to help him. In the end it has to result in that we can lift a trophy."

Luke Brattan, who joined in the off-season, has spent time with Cahill in Socceroos camps and hopes his professionalism rubs off on the entire squad.

"He's massive. A fantastic footballer and a fantastic bloke off the field as well," he said.

"He takes a lot of responsibility. He's a great leader and I can't say enough good things about him.

"I'm buzzing to have him here and can't wait to get started."

Another new squad member and fellow Socceroo Neil Kilkenny said the club was setting its expectations high.

"You don't want to go into a season thinking we'll come second. We want to come in and go for everything," he said.

"Hopefully he'll score many goals and help the squad."

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