Everton's visit to Australia is a sign of how football has progressed in the country according to Tim Cahill. The Toffees and Socceroos star believes the fact an English Premier League club is prepared to come down under shows that sport is gaining respect and said the situation is only going to become stronger.
"Only 11 years ago, the Socceroos were still playing English club sides," Cahill wrote exclusively for thepunch.com.au.
"But today, EPL and other overseas league sides want to come to Australia for their pre-season competition and meet A-League teams.
"There are many more marketing dollars to be made in the USA or Asia for teams such as Everton [compared with Australia].
"What it shows is that the A-League is gaining credibility, recognition and respect for its competitiveness and quality."
Everton are currently in Sydney, preparing for their three-match series which kicks off against reigning A-League champions Sydney FC on Saturday July 10 before heading to south to play new club Melbourne Heart on July 14 and then the Brisbane Roar on July 17.