Phoenix striker Brockie signs with South African club

Wellington Phoenix striker Jeremy Brockie has put pen to paper on a two-and-a half-year deal with South African club SuperSport United.

Brockie, who is hoping to prolong his international career with regular football, signed off on the deal on Thursday after completing a medical and will link up with his new teammates in January.

His contract includes a one-year option with the Pretoria-based club.

Phoenix head coach Ernie Merrick said the striker was leaving Wellington with his blessing.

“I was keen to keep him till the end of the year but the offer he received from SuperSport was too good to refuse,” Merrick said.

“He has been a good servant to the Phoenix and I wasn’t going to stand in his way.

“I wish him all the best in his new venture.”

Brockie, speaking from Pretoria on Thursday morning, said the deal he had been offered by SuperSport was right fot this stage of his career.

“Knowing that my contract was up at the end of the season I had a chat with Ernie before the season began,” Brockie said.

“I feel it was time to find a new challenge and I have always wanted to play overseas.

“While I have played for clubs across the Tasman, Australia doesn’t count as overseas to a New Zealander.

“The contract will take me up to the 2018 World Cup and hopefully I can continue playing well enough to keep my place in the All Whites.”

Brockie said the move would give him security for the future and it was a great opportunity.

“It is a new adventure for the whole family and (wife) Jes is as excited about it as I am,” he said.

“The kids (Piper and Oscar) are of preschool age and they will learn things in a different country and culture.”

Despite his excitement about the move, the 27-year-old admitted to mixed feelings about leaving the A-League outfit.

“I’ve loved every moment at the Phoenix and the players are a great bunch of boys,” he said.

“I will miss them all and I have a feeling they will do something special this season.”

Brockie will join the Phoenix team in Australia for Saturday’s game against the Newcastle Jets.