Brockie signs with A-League's Phoenix

May 13, 2012
By Cathy Walshe

All Whites attacker Jeremy Brockie has been lured back to New Zealand by the promise of a high-profile partnership with Wellington Phoenix top scorer Paul Ifill next season.

Brockie, 24, who plays either as a striker or as a wide midfielder, was not offered a new deal by the Newcastle Jets despite scoring nine goals for them this season.

He has instead signed a three-year deal with the Wellington A-League franchise, inheriting Phoenix foundation member Daniel's No.11 jersey after the Brazilian's contract wasn't renewed.

Brockie said on Monday a major drawcard in his return to New Zealand has been the chance to play with Ifill.

"I've enjoyed watching him over the last couple of years," Brockie said.

"He's the sort of player that can create goals and score himself, so I'm looking forward to building a partnership with him."

The decision to return to Wellington wasn't difficult, Brockie said, as it stacked up well against contract offers from Asia and potential Major League Soccer trials in the United States.

Another major plus was the chance to work with New Zealand and Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert, as the All Whites begin their 2014 World Cup campaign.

"The next couple of years is important for the All Whites, and I didn't want to disappear to a country where I'd be out of sight and out of mind," Brockie said.

Brockie's exact role for the Phoenix is yet to be decided, but he's flexible and happy to fit in where needed in the attacking third, with centre forward always an attractive option.

"I played quite a lot in that role last season, so I've adapted to that," he said.

"But if I do become an out-and-out striker, then I need to work on certain areas of my game, and obviously scoring goals on a consistent basis is a big part of that."