Former Nelson Suburbs footballer Jeremy Brockie has finally broken an almost year long goal scoring drought in South Africa. Photo: Supplied.

Brockie nets first for new club

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After a dozen appearances and more than 300 days without a goal, Jeremy Brockie has broken his drought.

The 31-year-old All Whites striker got himself on the scoresheet for Mamelodi Sundowns during its 3-1 win over Free State Stars last week.

The goal was Jeremy’s first for the Sundowns after signing a muilti-million-dollar deal with the South African club in January.

Jeremy says it had been a long wait.

“After hitting the back of the net consistently since I’ve been in South Africa, I have to admit it’s been difficult times mentally.”

The former Richmond Athletic and Nelson Suburbs star says he was very relieved after seeing the ball hit the back of the net. “It was a massive weight off my shoulders.”

The game was Jeremy’s first in more than two months after being relegated to the bench.
He says his goal scoring drought and form had begun to take a toll.

“Since I’ve arrived at the club in January it’s been very difficult, mentally it’s been testing, and I have to thank my wife and kids for keeping the smile on my face away from football.”

However, Jeremy says something inside felt different heading into last week’s clash.

“I just had to be patient and wait for another opportunity to play and I actually felt good leading up to the game, it was my first game in about two months after spending all that time on the bench not getting any game time.”

He says when I found out he was back in the starting side he told a few people “I think this is the game.”

Jeremy came to the club in hot goal scoring form, having put away 28 in 81 appearances for Supersport United and rediscovered it in typical Brockie fashion.

“The opportunity presented itself when the ball popped up for a volley which everyone knows I love, I didn’t have any second thoughts and stuck it away.”

The win moves the Sundowns off the bottom of the table in group c of the Confederation of African Football Champions League.

Jeremy says his family are adjusting well to life in Africa.

“We still absolutely love life here, being able to braai (bbq) every weekend with friends and family is amazing and having lions pretty much on our doorstep, kids learning bits and pieces of South African culture and language, it’s all good.”