By Tom Blackburn

Everton legend Tim Cahill has joined Melbourne City from Hangzhou Greentown after agreeing a player-coach role.

Melbourne announced the deal for the 36-year-old on their website and Twitter account, with Cahill signing a contract until 2019.

The midfielder has signed a two-year playing contract, before taking up a coaching role in 2018.

He joined Everton in 2004 from Millwall and was a firm fans favourite before joining New York Red Bulls in 2012.

In his eight years at the club, Cahill played 271 times, contributing 66 goals and a further 29 assists.

He was awarded player of the season in 2004-05, and was the first player since Dixie Dean in 1931 to score in three separate Merseyside derbies.

Cahill has 89 international appearances for Australia, and has scored 47 times – including this memorable goal shared by the Melbourne Twitter account at the 2014 World Cup against the Netherlands – one of five World Cup goals in eight games.

Melbourne are part of the City Football Group, who also own Man City and New York City, ran by Emirati businessman Khaldoon AL Mubarak.

In other Everton transfer news, Rio Ferdinand has reacted on Twitter to a major Toffees signing and has listed these as his three main qualities.