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Newcastle Jets' Brockie looking for NZ selection

Jeremy Brockie is working hard to gain selection for the New Zealand squad for upcoming friendlies with China and Japan.

The 23-year old Newcastle Jets forward returned to A-League play in pretty good form after three months out with a foot injury but was unable to help the Hunter club into the finals.

Now, with the domestic season finished, Brockie will remain with the Jets youth team to stay fit and sharp as he looks to more international caps with Ricki Herbert's setup.

Brockie scored in the 2-1 NYL loss to Brisbane Roar on the weekend and will make the trip to Melbourne for the final match of the youth season against the Victory on Saturday. He says he will be working as hard as he can ahead of the late March trip to East Asia before taking some holidays himself.

"I played with the youth team on the weekend and will be playing again in Melbourne this weekend to make sure I'm 100 percent fit and healthy for when Ricki names his All Whites squad to take on China and Japan at the end of March," Brockie told tribalfootball.com.

"I was pretty happy with most of my form when I returned from injury but unfortunately we couldn't quite sneak into the finals series.

"All the boys have been given 7 weeks off from today and I will be continuing to work hard up until the end of March to make sure I'm fit if selected for the All Whites games.

"After that I have been given the whole of April off where I'll return home (to Nelson - northern end of NZ's South Island) for two weeks showing my girlfriend around my hometown.

"She will leave and then I am putting on two separate coaching clinics during the school holidays for kids."

Brockie will have his fingers crossed over the next few weeks as he prepares to make the All Whites squad for their fixtures with China in Nanning on March 25 and Japan in Tokyo on March 29.

Andrew Slevison
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