Tim Cahill has been appointed the Honorary Patron of Australian Defence Force Football. The Everton and Socceroos star met with Defence force footballers at a clinic in Sydney recently and was given a certificate commemorating the appointment as well as a traditional Australian army slouch hat.
Cahill said he was proud to be involved and help Australian Army Football.
"I'm really honoured to have been asked to assist the ADF this way and promote Defence football," said Cahill.
"Defence members give so much of themselves serving Australia; it's great to be able to give a little something back by taking on this role."
The patron of Australian Army Football, Colonel Tony Anetts, said having Cahill on board was a great thing for those involved.
"Tim has been very enthusiastic about this role," he said. "We are very fortunate that with such a hectic international sporting schedule, Tim made sure he took time out to meet with and encourage Defence footballers.
"His willingness to take on this role augers well for a continuing relationship that benefits both Tim and ADF football.
"Our hope is that with Tim's support we can continue to build upon the great success enjoyed by teams from all three services in recent years."