Sainsbury playing for Central Coast Mariners in 2012
|Full name||Trent Lucas Sainsbury|
|Date of birth||5 January 1992|
|Place of birth||Perth, Australia|
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2008–2009||Perth Glory Youth|
|2010–2014||Central Coast Mariners||60||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Central Coast Mariners
In 2010, Sainsbury was signed by the Central Coast Mariners where both he and fellow Central Coast Mariners team mate Marc Warren were selected to spend two weeks at Sheffield United’s Academy as part of the two clubs' partnership.
His senior debut came for the Mariners on 24 November 2010 in the F3 Derby against the Newcastle Jets, making a total of 9 appearances in the first team that year. During the successful 2011-12 campaign which saw the Mariners win the A-League Premiership, it was announced he had signed a two year contract extension with the club on 24 January 2012.
After breaking into the first team in the 2012-13 A-League season, Sainsbury formed a formidable partnership alongside Dutch defender Patrick Zwaanswijk which helped the Mariners secure their maiden A-League Championship against the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2012-13 Grand Final. The Mariners won the game 2-0, which was played infront of 42,102 spectators at Sydney's Allianz Stadium. Following the game, it was speculated that Sainsbury had attracted serious interest from European clubs Southampton FC, Roda JC, FC Basel and Middlesbrough FC. Former Socceroo Mark Bosnich rated Sainsbury as his man of the match. The official award went to Daniel McBreen.
In March 2013, Sainsbury was nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year which was eventually won by Marco Rojas. Sainsbury was named the Mariners Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season. He was also named in the official 2012-13 A-League Team of the Season as well as several other unofficial teams of the season.
Sainsbury was frequently named in Football Australia's A-League Team of the Week during the 2012-13 season. He was selected 9 times during the season, with only Nikolai Topor-Stanley receiving more selections.
Sainsbury signed for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie on a two and half year deal in January 2014. Sainsbury made his Eredivisie debut in the 1-2 win against Utrecht playing 72 minutes before being replaced. It was discovered after the match that Sainsbury had fractured his knee on a depressed sprinkler in the match. This would rule him out for 3–4 weeks. Fellow Australians Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota played in the match for Utrecht.
Sainsbury was selected in Australia's squad for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup where Australia finished bottom of their group with one draw and two losses.
- As of 18 June 2014
|Central Coast Mariners||2010-11||A-League||9||0||2||-||-||-||0||0||0||9||0||2|
|Central Coast Mariners total||60||1||4||-||-||-||9||1||0||69||2||4|
- A-League Young Player of the Month: March 2013, October 2013
- Mariners Medal: 2012–13
- PFA A-League Team of the Season: 2012-13
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