Toronto players have been most welcoming – Wellington Phoenix’s Brockie

Jeremy Brockie says his new Toronto FC teammates have welcomed he and fellow loanee Steven Caldwell with open arms.

Jeremy Brockie says his new Toronto FC teammates have welcomed he and fellow loanee Steven Caldwell with open arms.

The Wellington Phoenix striker is on loan with the MLS club until August and could be in line for his debut in this weekend’s meeting with Columbus Crew.

Brockie has been joined at the BMO Field by Birmingham City defender Caldwell and says so far, the Reds squad have been very open to their arrivals.

“The boys have been brilliant, sometimes it can be a bit nerve racking heading into a new environment but the boys have welcomed us new players well,” he told tribalfootball.com.

Brockie travelled to Ontario from far north Queensland this week and admitted the travel had taken a bit out of him but insisted he would be ready if head coach Ryan Nelsen – his former New Zealand teammate – needs him for the home meeting with the Crew.

“First day I was struggling a bit. I think including stop overs it took 35 hours to get from Townsville to Toronto where I was on holiday with my wife and little girl before heading over,” Brockie added.

“I’ll be ready if I'm needed, I guess having not played since the end of our (A-League) season and lacking a little match fitness, Ryan will take that into consideration. But I've had a couple of good blowouts now and if he includes me in the match day squad I’ll be ready to go!!”

 
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