Some Kiwi soccer players might be on the move and it would seem that money is involved, if it was necessary to say that.
All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie appears poised to move from Pretoria-based football club SuperSport United to another club right across town, the Mamelodi Sundowns.
According to Soccer Laduma, the 30-year-old native of Nelson could be with his new club as early as this weekend. Goal has reported that Brockie will move during the January transfer window after he was declined last August when he requested to be moved.
The Sundowns have won the Premier Soccer League in South Africa seven times since the inauguration of the competition in 1996. They are leading once again after 16 rounds and have qualified for the CAF Champions League and the expectation is that Brockie will be in the fold before the registration deadline for the CAF.
Brockie is pleased at the prospect of upgrading clubs without totally uprooting his clan, along with the fact that he is enjoying his stay in Pretoria. “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,” he said.
Brockie has certainly flourished since moving from the Wellington Phoenix.
Another move that appears imminent is that of Tommy Smith, who is expected to make the move from Ipswich Town to join former All White Coach Anthony Hudson in the U.S. for a stint with the Major League Soccer Colorado Rapids. Professional soccer in the U.S. is becoming more lucrative and a slot in Colorado, where the cost of living is low and the climate fabulous. Plus, the Rapids play their home games at altitude, so a centre-back like Smith will see his kicking distance take a leap.
Ipswich Manager Mick McCarthy says he does not intend to hamper the prospective move to North America by Smith. “If he has got some interest from Colorado Rapids we better find out pretty quick. I imagine, if he has, he’d be interested and it sounds like a good gig to me,” McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.