Trent Sainsbury

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Trent Sainsbury
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Sainsbury with Australia in 2018
Personal information
Full name Trent Lucas Sainsbury[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Thornlie, Western Australia, Australia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
Armadale SC
2008–2009 Perth Glory
2009–2010 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Central Coast Mariners 60 (1)
2014–2016 PEC Zwolle 28 (1)
2016–2018 Jiangsu Suning 34 (2)
2017Inter Milan (loan) 1 (0)
2018Grasshoppers (loan) 9 (0)
2018–2019 PSV Eindhoven 6 (0)
2019–2020 Maccabi Haifa 31 (2)
2020–2022 Kortrijk 45 (6)
National team
2007–2009 Australia U17 12 (1)
2009–2011 Australia U20 9 (0)
2014– Australia 58 (4)
Representing  Australia
AFC Asian Cup
Winner 2015 Australia
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17 August 2020
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 2 February 2022

Trent Lucas Sainsbury (born 5 January 1992) is an Australian professional football player who plays as a centre back for Belgian First Division A club KV Kortrijk and the Australian national team.

Sainsbury was born in Thornlie, Perth and played youth football with Perth Glory and the Australian Institute of Sport before starting his professional career with Central Coast Mariners. Sainsbury moved to PEC Zwolle in 2014.

Sainsbury has made over forty appearances for the Australian national team, scoring three times. He was a member of the Australia team which won the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Early life[edit]

Sainsbury was born in Thornlie, Perth, Western Australia.[3] He attended Forest Crescent Primary School and Kelmscott Senior High School.[4]

Trent started playing soccer at a very early age at Armadale Junior Soccer Club in Armadale, Western Australia.[3]

In addition to holding an Australian passport, Sainsbury also holds a UK passport.[5]

Sainsbury's partner, Elissa, is the daughter of Australian football manager and current Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.[6]

Club career[edit]


Sainsbury began his youth career at Perth Glory in 2008 before moving a year later to the AIS where he was part of their National Youth League squad in the 2009–10 season.[7]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Sainsbury with the Mariners in 2012

In 2010, Sainsbury was signed by the Central Coast Mariners along with Sam Gallagher.[7] Trent and Mariners teammate Marc Warren were selected to spend two weeks at Sheffield United's Academy as part of the two clubs' partnership.[8] His senior debut came for the Mariners on 24 November 2010 in an F3 Derby draw with Newcastle Jets, with Sainsbury earning praise from coach Graham Arnold for his performance.[9] Trent went on to make a total of nine appearances in the first team that year.[3]

During the successful 2011–12 campaign, it was announced that Sainsbury had signed a two-year contract extension with the club.[10] The Mariners went on to win the 2011–12 A-League Premiership.[11] Trent again made nine league appearances for the club in this season.[3]

After breaking into the first team in the 2012-13 A-League season, Sainsbury formed a formidable partnership alongside Dutch defender Patrick Zwaanswijk.[3] This unit was central in helping the Mariners secure their maiden A-League Championship against Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2013 A-League Grand Final. The Mariners won the game 2–0 in front of 42,102 spectators at the Sydney Football Stadium.[12] Commentator and former Socceroo Mark Bosnich rated Sainsbury as his man of the match.[13] The official award went to Daniel McBreen.[14] Following the game, it was speculated that Sainsbury had attracted serious interest from European clubs including Southampton, Roda JC, Basel and Middlesbrough.[15]

In March 2013, Sainsbury was nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year which was eventually won by Marco Rojas.[16] Sainsbury was named the Mariners Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season.[17] He was also named in the PFA A-League Team of the Season for 2012–13.[18]

After the announcement of the first A-League All Stars match, Sainsbury was considered one of the main contenders for a place in the squad.[19][20] He did not end up playing in the match due to international selection.

Sainsbury scored his first competitive goal for the Mariners on 3 April 2013, in a win over Guizhou Renhe in the 2013 AFC Champions League, his header with under ten minutes remaining proving to be the winner.[21] His first A-League goal for the side came from a corner in a 2–1 win over Perth Glory in December 2013.[22]

PEC Zwolle[edit]

2013–14 season[edit]

Sainsbury signed for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie on a two and half year deal in January 2014.[23] Sainsbury was immediately placed in the starting line-up, making his Eredivisie debut on 6 February 2014 in an away game against FC Utrecht. PEC won the game 2–1, but Sainsbury had to be replaced after 72 minutes after falling on a depressed sprinkler, hurting his knee in the process. It was discovered after the match that Sainsbury had fractured his kneecap on the sprinkler, an injury that would end up ruling him out for the remainder of the season. Fellow Australians Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota played in the match for Utrecht.[24]

His club PEC did end the season on a high note when they won their first major trophy in the club's history by defeating league champions Ajax 5–1 in the 2014 KNVB Cup Final, also securing European football for the first time.[25]

2014–15 season[edit]

Recovered from his knee injury, Sainsbury was reinstated in PEC's starting lineup for their first game of the season - the 2014 Dutch Supercup. The game was played against the same team that PEC defeated to win the KNVB Cup, 2013–14 league champions Ajax. Sainsbury was part of a defence that kept a clean sheet in a 1–0 win, securing PEC's second major trophy in the club's history in the space of 4 months.[26]

Sainsbury retained his place in the starting line-up for the first league game, at home against FC Utrecht. Lightning would strike again, as Sainsbury was subbed off with an ankle injury after 30 minutes of play, making it the second time in a row Sainsbury was forced out of a league game with an injury, both times against Utrecht. PEC won the game 2–0.

Jiangsu Suning[edit]

In January 2016, Sainsbury left PEC Zwolle on a $1.5 million transfer and signed a 3-year deal with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.[27]

Loan to Inter Milan[edit]

On 31 January 2017, it was confirmed that Jiangsu Suning loaned Sainsbury to sister club Inter Milan until 30 June 2017.[28] He made his debut on 28 May 2017 in a 5–2 win over Udinese in the last round of the season, coming on as a substitute for Davide Santon with twenty minutes to play.[29] This made him the first Australian to make a senior appearance for Inter Milan (Nathan Coe and Carl Valeri, former Australian internationals, only played for their reserves).[30]

Loan to Grasshoppers[edit]

In February 2018, Sainsbury moved on loan to Grasshoppers for the remainder of the 2017–18 Swiss Super League season.[31]

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

In August 2018, Sainsbury signed a 3-year contract with Dutch champions, PSV Eindhoven.[32]

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

On 30 August 2019, Sainsbury departed PSV for Israeli club Maccabi Haifa, joining the club on a two-year contract.[33] Following new coach Barak Bakhar not being impressed with Sainsbury's conduct and following a groin injury during a training camp, Sainsbury was released in August 2020 after 31 appearances in which he scored twice.[34][35]


After leaving Maccabi Haifa, Sainsbury joined Belgian First Division A club Kortrijk on a two-year deal.[36][37] He scored his first goal for Kortrijk, the final goal in a 5-5 draw against Beerschot on 10th November 2020.[38]

International career[edit]


Sainsbury was a member of the Australia U-17 team which attended the 2008 AFF U-16 Youth Championship.[39] The team won the tournament after beating Bahrain in a penalty shootout in the final.[40] He was also a member of the squad for the 2008 AFC U-16 Championship, scoring a goal in a loss to UAE in the quarter-finals which saw Australia miss out on qualification for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[41]


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. He played in all three of Australia's matches.[42]


Trent playing for Australia at the 2017 Confederations Cup

In May 2013, Trent was selected in a Socceroos Australian-based training squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.[43] In July 2013, he made Australia's squad for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.[44] Despite strong club form, Sainsbury was the only outfield player in the squad not to be used by coach Holger Osieck in the tournament, which he suggested may have been due to Osieck mistaking his laid-back attitude for a lack of commitment.[45]

Sainsbury's chances of playing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup were ultimately ended by a knee injury suffered playing for PEC Zwolle.[46]

In September 2014, Sainsbury made his International debut for Australia in a 2–0 loss to Belgium in a friendly. He later admitted to having been nervous before the game but earned praise from coach Ange Postecoglou for his performance against a strong opponent.[47]

Sainsbury was selected as part of Australia's 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad.[48] He started in Australia's first group game against Kuwait, a match which Australia won 4-1.[49] He also started Australia's second group game against Oman, providing the assist for Matt McKay to open the scoring in a 4-0 win by heading a Massimo Luongo corner goalwards.[50] Sainsbury scored his first ever international goal in the semi-final against the United Arab Emirates. Under three minutes into the game, he headed a corner from Massimo Luongo in at the far post to give Australia the lead in a match they ultimately won 2–0.[51] He also played for Australia in the Final victory over South Korea and was named as Man of the Match following an imposing defensive display.[52] Trent was named in the official team of the tournament after a number of solid performances.

In May 2018 he was named in Australia's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[53]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 16 November 2019[54]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Coast Mariners 2010–11 A-League 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
2012–13 26 0 0 0 7 1 33 1
2013–14 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
Total 60 1 0 0 9 1 69 2
PEC Zwolle 2013–14 Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15 18 0 4 0 2 0 24 0
2015–16 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 28 1 4 0 2 0 34 1
Jiangsu Suning 2016 Chinese Super League 29 2 6 0 6 0 41 2
2017 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 34 2 6 0 6 0 46 2
Inter Milan (loan) 2016–17 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Grasshoppers (loan) 2017–18 Swiss Super League 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
PSV Eindhoven 2018–19 Eredivisie 5 0 2 1 2 0 9 1
2019–20 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 6 0 2 1 2 0 10 1
Maccabi Haifa 2019–20 Israeli Premier League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 143 4 12 1 19 1 174 6


As of 7 June 2021[54]
Year Apps Goals
2014 4 0
2015 8 1
2016 9 2
2017 12 0
2018 9 0
2019 6 0
2021 6 1
Total 54 4
As of match played 7 June 2021. Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Sainsbury goal.[55]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 27 January 2015 Newcastle International Sports Centre, Newcastle, Australia 9  United Arab Emirates 1–0 2–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup
2 7 June 2016 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia 16  Greece 1–2 1–2 Friendly
3 6 October 2016 King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 19  Saudi Arabia 1–1 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 7 June 2021 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 49  Chinese Taipei 3–0 5–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification


Sainsbury after PEC Zwolle won the 2013–14 KNVB Cup.


Central Coast Mariners

PEC Zwolle




See also[edit]


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