Socceroos star Tim Cahill has left the door ajar for a possible loan move to the A-League in December.
The 33-year-old has finished his commitments with MLS club the New York Red Bulls this year, and will take a month off after Tuesday's international friendly against Costa Rica in Sydney.
While the former Everton star admitted he needs a rest he revealed he is considering a short-term loan deal before the next MLS season starts in March.
"I play my last game on Tuesday, go back to New York, chill with my family for a bit and go on holiday and then decide then," Cahill said at Socceroos training on Saturday.
"Something probably won't come up until mid-December and if it does it all depends if I want to or if it works for my body.
"The plan has to be for the World Cup, not really for me personally."
Asked if he would consider a move to an A-League club and whether he considers the level of competition strong enough to help him prepare for the World Cup, Cahill replied: "First of all, the league is more than strong enough. What we have built in the years past is something to be very proud of.
"I think for me personally playing in the MLS suits me better and the international team better and overall for a loan move it's one of those decisions that you assess later on.
"I think the four weeks to six weeks that I have off just to do a rehab and reconditioning on all the little injuries and niggles (is what I need)... and it's just a matter of seeing whether I can get my body right to go on loan."
Meanwhile, Cahill said the Costa Rica friendly is the perfect chance to blood younger players and says he's 'up for anything' under new coach Ange Postecoglou.
When asked the inevitable question about the captaincy, with Postecoglou yet to name his skipper, the veteran said he is focused on playing and insists speculation over who will lead the side is not a distraction.
"I'm not distracted, what am I going to be distracted about?" he said.
"It's a privilege but then again it's never come out of my mouth.
"I suppose it's a distraction to whoever it bothers, but it doesn't bother me.
"It's got nothing to do with me, I've never once talked about it, as in brought it up.
"I think for me as a footballer the most important thing is to concentrate on my football.
"I'm relaxed, there is no pressure on me and 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 mixer but overall it's not for me to pick a captain now or even make an opinion on it.
"The one thing I know is so long as I train hard and do well domestically then I get picked for my national team.
"That's been at the forefront of my mind for a long time and hence the move to the MLS to prolong my career in the national team."
|Lallana to miss up to six weeks with knee injury|
|Isgrove maintains Koeman´s perfect start|
|Lens announce Ligue 1 appeal success|
|Pekerman talks due in August|
|PSG sanction ´harsh´, claims FFF chief|
|Garcia: Strootman going nowhere|
|Van Aanholt departs Chelsea for Sunderland|
|Benfica sign Manchester United flop Bebe|
|Campbell makes Palace move|
|Reed signs new deal at Southampton|
|Juve stunned in Allegri´s first match|
|AFA fined over Falklands banner|
|Robinho likely to move, claims agent|
|Drogba completes Chelsea return|
|Kiyotake moves to Hannover|
|Marotta: Juventus eyeing striking additions|
|Bakayoko set for Monaco switch|
|J.League Preview: Vortis out to improve dismal fortunes against Ardija|
|Juve complete Pereyra deal|
|Ranieri named Greece head coach|
|Fiorentina agree Basanta deal|
|Di Natale backs Pereyra´s Juve move|
|Iniesta: Suarez has talent to restore Barca glory|
|Cerci in charge of his future, says Cairo|
|West Ham target new striker|
|Pardew hopeful over De Jong|
|Rodgers expects new Gerrard deal|
|Jones: United embracing Van Gaal methods|
|Henry: Time had come to sell Suarez|
|Brunt eyes new West Brom deal|
|Arsenal´s World Cup winners to miss league opener|
|Modric hails Rodriguez, Kroos signings|
|Cech does not want bench role|
|Inzaghi blames fatigue for Milan loss|
|Real´s time to shine, says Ancelotti|
|Real Salt Lake 3 Montreal Impact 1: Garcia stars in Utah|
|Downing: Carroll injury a ´big blow´|
|Irvine: I have not seen Ideye play live|
|Olympiacos triumph in Toronto|
|Giggs likens Van Gaal to Ferguson|
|Copa do Brasil Review: Corinthians among trio on the verge of progression|
|Blanc: World Cup stars will move on|
|Pinto steps down as Costa Rica coach|
|Mourinho planning Drogba swoop|
|UEFA Europa League Review: Rosenborg complete comeback to see off Sligo|
|Mathieu out to enjoy Barcelona move|
|Mandzukic not Diego Costa´s replacement|
|Eliseu returns to Portugal with Benfica|
|Sanabria makes Roma switch|
|Carroll to miss start of season|
|Vidal: I´m not going to Manchester|
|Xavi staying at Barcelona|
|Hannover complete Gulselam signing|
|Astori loaned to Roma, Cagliari confirm|
|Nigeria to talk with Keshi over return|
|Gamberini makes Chievo move|
|Besic poised to complete Everton move|
|Marseille move Montpellier fixture from Stade Velodrome|
|CSL Preview: Harbin eye Luneng scalp, Guangzhou face Hena|
|Guardiola preaches patience with Lewandowski|
|Lampard joins New York City|
|Blanc coy on Di Maria speculation|
|CAF Confederation Cup Preview: ASEC coach confident, Al Ahly seek qualification|
|Chelsea loan Piazon to Frankfurt|
|Pochettino has high hopes for Lamela|
|Aguirre appointed as Japan coach|
|Swansea swoop for Montero|
|Pozuelo makes Vallecano switch|
|Fred back at Shakhtar, Ismaily to follow|
|CFF investigate Fofana accusations|
|Suarez could make sensational Clasico debut|
|Ribery in line for return, says Guardiola|
|Reus could resume training in two or three weeks - Klopp|
|Roma need another defender, says Garcia|
|Everton on verge of new signings|
|Rodrigo hails Nuno after Valencia switch|
|Delph eager for new Villa deal|
|Ljajic not seeking Roma exit|
|Talks held as players strike in Ecuador|
|Crouch excited by Bojan capture|
|Lambert expects swift recovery for Cole|
|West Ham duo fail to travel|
|United to play 3-4-3, says Van Gaal|
|Lallana, Markovic set to feature against Olympiacos|
|Real want to win every trophy, says Bale|
|San Jose Earthquakes 5 Chicago Fire 1: Hosts break winless streak|
|Chelsea have "outstanding squad" - Costa|
|United make winning start under Van Gaal|
|Rodgers plays down Borini injury concerns|
|Atletico Mineiro 4 Lanus 3 (agg 5-3): Own goals gift Brazilians the win|
|Dunga names Brazil assistants|
|Man City show class in Kansas|
|Villa too good for Dallas|
|Santos cannot meet Robinho´s demands, says vice-president|
|Mourinho happy with goalkeeper situation|
|Borini hurt as Liverpool lose to Roma|
|Palace held to draw by Crew|
|Tottenham down Toronto after Lamela brace|
|San Lorenzo 5 Bolivar 0: Hosts close in on Copa Libertadores final|
|Sunderland forward Scocco joins Newell´s|
|Rodgers: We won´t overpay in transfer market|
|Maccabi Haifa friendly abandoned after pitch invasion|
|USA dynamo Beasley joins Houston|