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Strikers ready to welcome Cahill in Cup

AAP logoAAP 22/08/2016 By Ed Jackson

Brisbane Strikers players are readying themselves to spoil Tim Cahill's Melbourne City debut as it looks increasingly likely the Socceroos great will play in Wednesday's FFA Cup tie.

Cahill joined the A-League club last week and City hope his playing paperwork will be finalised in time for the round of 16 game at Brisbane's suburban Perry Park.

A bumper crowd was already expected at the 5,000-capacity ground, but Cahill's likely appearance is almost certain to make the game a sellout.

The 36-year-old striker will travel to Queensland with the City squad on Tuesday, and Strikers captain Michael Angus says his team are preparing as though the veteran will feature.

"We don't know if he's starting or if he's just off the bench, but regardless there's obviously massive excitement with it," Angus told AAP.

"It's the ideal scenario that you probably want.

"We might have got a bit fortunate with the timing of the signing, but everyone knows he's a top professional and been at the top of the game for that long.

"One of - if not the most - popular Australian players ... very, very exciting."

Angus said the prospect of a packed home ground and the match being broadcast live on TV was a lift for the entire club.

"I'd love to see it capacity and everyone coming in from here, there and everywhere," he said.

A former NSL club, the Strikers qualified for the round of 16 with a 6-0 thrashing of Rovers Darwin in the Northern Territory.

A four-goal haul to forward Rhys Meredith in a 6-1 win over Northern Fury last weekend in Townsville also lifted the Strikers to their first National Premier Leagues Queensland title.

While Meredith is the team's goal threat, it will be the job of defenders such as Jake Marshall and Hiroki Omori and goalkeeper Michael Weier to deal with Australia's leading international scorer.

"We're aware of his aerial prowess," Angus said.

"We've got two centre halves that are good in the air as well but that will be a different test for them, a different level. I'm sure they'll be really excited about it."

The Strikers' recent form has them believing - Cahill or not - they are capable of joining Redlands United and Green Gully as lower-tier clubs to claim an A-League scalp in this year's cup.

"I think we've earned that opportunity and we'll be going out, of course, to get the result," he said.

"That's what it's about, going on and causing an upset."

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