Cool defending and intelligent reading of the game helped ensure Trent Sainsbury was one of the first names on the teamsheet during much of the Ange Postecoglou era. Sainsbury suffered the agony of missing a likely 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ squad inclusion through injury, but never looked back after debuting for the national team in September 2014. Sainsbury started every game of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, scoring a crucial goal in the semi-final against United Arab Emirates and claiming the player of the match award in the final against Korea Republic.
Son-in-law of Australia’s coach-in-waiting Graham Arnold, Sainsbury has played club football in the Netherlands, China PR and briefly in Italy with Inter Milan. Match time was limited for much of the recent club season, although Sainsbury played with his usual aplomb during the Russia 2018 play-offs last October and November.