SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie reflects on his 2017
Posted: 28 December 2017 Time: 14:00
With 2017 coming to an end, SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie chats exclusively to KickOff.com to share his personal review of the year that’s been.
The New Zealand international enjoyed some personal and team success this past year, aiding Matsatsantsa to the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 titles, as well as a maiden CAF Confederation Cup final, while picking up the tournament’s top goal scorer prize.
Here is what the 30-year-old has to say as he reflects on all that's happened thus far:
‘There’s always highs and lows, positives and negatives in football, but I think the highs for me definitely outweigh anything this year. It started off with obviously winning the Nedbank Cup back-to-back and then starting this season well by winning the MTN8, and sadly we fell short in the CAF [Confederation Cup] final.
‘I think, when I talk about the CAF, there’s both highs and lows in that – the low obviously being losing the final, but the highs include me winning the Golden Boot [Top goal scorer award] and I got to see some countries that I otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to see.
‘I played in some atmospheres that were unbelievable and some games that I definitely won’t forget.
‘To top it all off, I was also recalled to the New Zealand national team for the World Cup play-off against Peru and got my 50th senior international cap.
‘The last couple of weeks have been a little disappointing though, obviously the goals have dried up and the peak performance has dropped but on the whole, it’s been a successful year.
‘In 2018, I’d like to give the CAF competition another good run. I feel like it was a great challenge and, as a footballer, I always want to challenge myself at the highest level possible.
‘It’s hard, from where I am now, to look at winning the Absa Premiership Golden Boot but that’s always a goal in mind, is to be the top goal scorer or close to the top goal scorer in every competition that I play.
‘Also, now that I’ve had a taste of winning a couple of trophies over the last couple of years, you get that itch for it and every competition you play in you want to lift that silverware, so from a team perspective that’s what I’d like to achieve.’
Having spent Christmas with his family back home in Christchurch, Brockie is set to rejoin his teammates at training as they begin preparation for what’s expected to a tough second half of the 2017/18 season.
The bearded goal-poacher has long been linked with an exit from SuperSport, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates said to be keen on his services, and the January transfer period could be a window into a new challenge for the Kiwi.