New Zealand national team attacker Jeremy Brockie says he is grateful to the medical staff of his former club for helping him get to the World Cup.
The 22-year old suffered a broken leg during the last A-League season when he was with the North Queensland Fury but has since made a complete recovery in time for the world's biggest sporting event which is he is thankful for.
"They [the Fury] were stoked for me when they found out I made the squad last week," said Brockie who has since signed with the Newcastle Jets .
"They were pretty happy with the job they had done themselves and so they should be. They did a superb job.
"Even though they already knew that I was moving on they were still willing to help me out as much as they could. They wanted me to go to the World Cup as much as I did."
Brockie revealed that he did a mountain of hard work to get himself fit for World Cup selection and as the All Whites squad gathered in Auckland to prepare for Monday's lead-up game against Australia in Melbourne, the Nelson-born forward felt the hard work had paid off.
"It wasn't going to be easy and I knew I had to run my heart out and work hard for two weeks," he added.
"The leg felt fine, I had three of four kicks on it during the camp and I've pulled up pretty well. The more time goes on the better it feels and it doesn't give me too many problems at all now.
"I am quite surprised. When I first did it I thought, 'there goes my World Cup chance', but the surgeon did a really good job on it and I was off the crutches after five weeks."