TORONTO – With Toronto FC striker Robert Earnshaw having shouldered a heavy load so far this season, recently acquired forward Jeremy Brockie likely won’t have to wait for very long to make his MLS debut.
After travlling to Toronto from the other side of the planet on Monday, the 25-year-old New Zealand international is itching to hit the pitch with his new side.
“I’m a little bit jet-lagged,” Brockie told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. “I had a little bit of a run out this morning and I’ll have a good sleep this afternoon or tonight and I’ll be ready to go tomorrow. I’m available Saturday if called upon. I’m very excited. It will be my first professional game outside of the A-League, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Considering that a flight from New Zealand to Toronto takes about 24 hours, Brockie admitted that his decision to join TFC on loan took much less time than it did to actually get to his new club’s base of operations.
“[Coach Ryan Nelsen] pretty much gave me a phone call and asked if I wanted to swap a Wellington winter for a Toronto summer and come and score him some goals,” Brockie said. "It probably took me about 10 minutes to convince my wife and then I rang him back and told him I was keen to come."
The Christchurch, New Zealand, native is coming off a 2012-13 A-League season with Wellington Phoenix in which he scored 16 goals in 25 appearances and finished second in the league's golden boot race. He will now look to carry over that success in a league that is renowned for its tough physical nature.
“The A-League is pretty physical as well,” Brockie said. "I think I will be ready for it. I’ve played a few international games as well and they can get pretty physical as well. That side of it doesn’t really worry me."
Brockie has now become the latest player to join Toronto FC on loan this season. While he isn’t fighting for an immediate contract – he is scheduled to return to the Wellington Phoenix for the next A-League season – the New Zealander is keen to impress in a new league.
“My season starts again in October, so my club is pretty keen to get me back by then. But if I’m doing well, who knows,” Brockie said. “I know this is a very high-profile league and everyone around the world watches it. This is a great opportunity to try and go to that next level. So if I can come here and do well and enjoy myself, then [returning to MLS] is definitely something I will consider.”