Brockie buoyed by All Whites re-call
Posted: 15 March 2018 Time: 18:30
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Jeremy Brockie has welcomed his return to the New Zealand national team despite not being in his best form at the moment.
The Kiwi has been called up to represent his country in a friendly international against Canada during the upcoming FIFA break, even though he last scored in October last year.
Brockie recently completed a big-money move from SuperSport United to cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, and has yet to find his feet in his new colours.
The 30-year-old, who was overlooked while going through a purple patch with his club towards the end of last season and the start of this season, admits it’s funny that his dry run has now earned him a place in the All Whites side, which has since welcomed a new coach.
“It’s funny how things work sometimes, hey. There’s a new coach after the old one moved on, and I guess he just wants to have a look at as many players as possible,” Brockie tells KickOff.com.
“I’m excited to be a part of this squad and hopefully, during the week leading up the Canada game, I can do enough to show that I’ve still got something to give – on and off the pitch – for my national team.
“I look at this as a new World Cup cycle that’s going to continue for another four years, which will take me to the age of 34.
“I think I can still offer enough and my body is in good shape, so I’m sure that I’ll rediscover some form soon to be able to perform for both club and country.”
Brockie, who has scored 54 goals in all competitions since his arrival in South Africa midway through the 2015/16 season, is hoping to use the national team opportunity to rediscover his confidence and scoring boots.
“Yeah, for sure [it’s an opportunity to regain my confidence]. Sometimes when you go into a new environment for a few days, you’re able to rediscover a bit of form and confidence,” he adds.
“I’ll be hoping to do so during this camp. I think if I sum up my time over the last couple of weeks at Sundowns, I’ve had a few good games and a few where I could’ve potentially got on the scoresheet.
“So, I’m just looking for a bit more consistency and I’m sure, once I get used to the Sundowns way of playing I’ll start scoring on a regular basis again.”