A left-sided central defender Sam Brotherton’s career has been on the move in recent times. Mature beyond his 20 years, Brotherton is capable of building up play from the back. His career started to gain momentum as a key member of the New Zealand side competing as the host nation at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he scored in his country's lone group-stage win in their home tournament.

A senior international debut soon followed later that year for Brotherton, and he has received regular squad call-ups since. Earlier this year, the tall Auckland-born Brotherton moved to England and signed with then-Premier League club Sunderland.