It took Tim Cahill's son to finally convince him to come home.
The Socceroos legend was unveiled by Melbourne City as their new star striker on Monday, saying the move to the A-League club "felt right" from when negotiations began months ago.
But Cahill, ever the family man, said it was a text from 11-year-old son Shae that made up his mind to leave Chinese Super League club Hangzhou Greentown and make Melbourne his next destination.
"We'd beaten (Chinese club) Yanbian 4-1, we were away on an eight-day tour," Cahill said.
"I was sitting next to (Socceroos team-mate Matthew) Spiranovic and my little boy just said to me, 'Dad, it's not the right move for my football if we stay in China'.
"That was it.
"I said `it's over'. I closed talks with Greentown. They could have thrown everything at me and they did."
Cahill ends an 18-month stay in the Chinese Super League to join City.
After winning the Asian Cup with the Socceroos last year, he joined Shanghai Shenhua but had his contract with the cashed-up club terminated a year later, then joining Hangzhou Greentown where he made 17 appearances.
Cahill suggested it would have been the easy option to remain in China, but the added motivation of playing in Australia would continue his long playing career.
"As a footballer you can sometimes stay in China and coast through it," he said.
"This is going to give me a good challenge.
"I've always been a player that needs that bit of pressure and needs that next kick.