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Newcastle Jets' Brockie relishes World Cup debut

Newcastle Jets recruit Jeremy Brockie was buzzing after his World Cup debut and is now targeting more action on the world stage. The 22-year old forward played the last 11 minutes of New Zealand's 2010 campaign in the 0-0 draw with Paraguay and admitted it was a dream come true.

"It's amazing when I got the call from the bench to take the shirt off and get the strip on," Brockie said.

"I didn't need any second invitation to start warming up. Then I saw him walking down and pointing to me. It was amazing, the buzz through my body was just unbelievable.

"It was a dream come true from when I was a little boy."

Brockie experienced a major setback earlier this year when he broke his leg whilst playing for the North Queensland Fury but managed to get himself to full fitness which culminated in his selection in the All Whites squad before making his first appearance at the World Cup and pushing the first choice strikers all the way.

"There was a short time from when I broke my leg to the World Cup, but I worked hard and I guess that was a bit of a reward ... it's good to play in a World Cup," he added.

"Me and (Chris Wood) Woodsy kept pushing the older three strikers [Shane Smeltz, Rory Fallon and Chris Killen] hard through the whole tournament. There was good competition between the five of us."

Andrew Slevison
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