Central Coast Mariners and possible Socceroos bolter for Brazil Trent Sainsbury has quit Central Coast Mariners to join Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle in a last minute deal before the transfer window closes.
Perth-born Sainsbury, 22, impressed in the Mariners backline since breaking into the first team regularly last season and then scooping the club's player of the year award.
Although dismissed by Holger Osieck for a spot in the Socceroos - who complained about his attitude - Sainsbury has been firming for a place in Brazil as other defenders struggle for game time.
The deal was delayed by a squabble over his transfer fee with the Dtch club offerinf the release fee on his current contract but the Mariners reportedly demanding the release fee on his new contract starting next season.
But hasty negotiations finalised the deal this afternoon and the Mariners confirmed AIS-product Sainsbury is on his way to Holland.
“I am happy but it’s going to be hard to leave the boys,” Sainsbury said today. “The players here are like family to me and the fans have always done the right thing by me – I’ve loved my time here.
“The Mariners are a real family club and while I don’t know each and every supporter individually, I am sad to leave such a great bunch of people.”
Sainsbury said he doesn’t necessarily view the move to the Netherlands as a stepping-stone to another of Europe’s top competition, because the Eredivisie is in itself one of the world’s foremost domestic leagues.
“If I can get myself set up there in Holland and make a good career I will be happy,” he said. “The Dutch first division is big and now I have to go there and give it my all.”
Central Coast Mariners Chief Executive Officer Bruce Stalder thanked Sainsbury for his service to the club.
“I may only be new to the Mariners but around the whole Hyundai A-League and Australian football there is great respect for Trent Sainsbury the player, and Trent Sainsbury the person,” Stalder said.
“But importantly, the club has secured a good transfer fee for Trent which will be reinvested back into the playing squad and other club initiatives.
“In regards to the specific loss of Trent, we expect to be able to announce a new defensive signing within the coming days.”
Sainsbury played 69 competitive matches during his time with the Mariners, and was key to the club’s 2013 Hyundai A-League Championship triumph, also winning the 2013 Mariners Medal,voted for by the Central Coast Mariners players.1 comment