Jeremy Brockie's 15 goal season not enough to earn All Whites recall
Jeremy Brockie isn't going to the Confederations Cup.
The SuperSport United striker reached out to All Whites coach Anthony Hudson last week to see where he stood in the pecking order, and perhaps to get some answers for recent international absence.
It turns out the 29-year-old from Nelson sits outside of Hudson's four first-choice forwards and that means he's not in the frame for the upcoming European friendlies and, more importantly, the Confederations Cup.
Brockie probably knew what was coming when he picked up the phone and called Hudson out of curiosity. He hasn't been involved with the national team since the OFC Nations Cup last year after all.
But regardless of that fact, he believes with 15 goals across all competitions this season, that he's in the form of his life.
"I'm obviously disappointed because I feel like I've been in career best form goal-scoring wise and playing wise. It's a hard one to take but I'm only 29 so hopefully I'll have another shot at it at some stage," he said.
"He [Hudson] told me the strikers he's picked are in good form and are the four best strikers available to him at the moment, so it's just a challenge for me to try and work towards getting in the top four strikers I guess."
Chris Wood is the only Kiwi professional scoring more regularly than he is but the elephant in the room is Brockie's poor international return, having found the back of the net just once in 49 appearances.
Though he acknowledged that he has often come off the bench or been played out of position, Brockie said it was frustrating to not be able to replicate his prolific club form on the international stage.
"I score goals at my club regularly and I can't seem to take that form into the national team as well, but in saying that I think myself and Woodsy are the only two Kiwis that are scoring regularly this year and hopefully I can continue to score goals."
Despite attracting some interest from overseas, Brockie doesn't believe he needs to move away from South Africa to get himself back in Hudson's plans.
"It obviously doesn't matter what league you play in because players are getting selected from the NZFC [Stirling Sports Premiership] and below that so I don't think it comes down to what competition I'm playing in. If I'm scoring goals regularly then it's all I can do."
It has been reported that two Premiership Soccer League sides are chasing his services but Brockie's contract with SuperSport runs until 2020 and he said his family are settled in Pretoria for now.
"I'm very happy here in South Africa. My wife is working over here now, the kids are in a nice little school and we are really enjoying our time off the pitch.
"I don't see myself leaving the country, there is a little bit of interest from outside of the country as well, but we're pretty happy and set up here."
This Saturday Brockie will line up in the Nedbank Cup semifinal against Chippa United as they look to retain the trophy they won last year.
Brockie is still aiming to reach the 20-goal target he set in pre-season, hoping the more he scores, the quicker he can return to the All Whites.
"I'll keep scoring goals at club level and keep putting my name out there. If I do get another opportunity then I'll be ready to take it."