Sainsbury tips Fernandez to fire for Glory

Trent Sainsbury believes his former teammate Guyon Fernandez will shine in the A-League with Perth Glory.

Ex-NAC Breda striker Fernandez has signed a one-year deal with the Glory for the upcoming season. The Dutchman scored 10 goals in 24 appearances while on loan at PEC Zwolle, Sainsbury’s club, in the 2013-2014 season.

Fernandez has also had spells at ADO Den Haag, Excelsior and Feyenoord during his nine-year career.

Sainsbury told FourFourTwo the 29-year-old is a quality player and should do well at his old club Perth.

“Guyon is a good guy,” Sainsbury said. “He’s a solid striker who scores very important goals. He’s got good feet and makes good runs in behind.”

Fernandez banged in two goals in PEC Zwolle’s 5-1 smashing of Ajax in the final of the Dutch Cup last year. The forward has scored 70 goals in 190 appearances in Holland and Belgium.

Fernandez is one of three new foreign signings the Glory have made along with Spaniard Diego Castro and Hungarian Gyorgy Sandor.

Sainsbury, who is currently injured, was left out of the Socceroos’ latest squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers. The centre back has yet to play a game this season as he deals with a hamstring injury.

“I’m hoping it will be two weeks until I’m getting game-time,” he said.

“But we will never know. It’s just a mixture of trying to do too much strength training plus field training. Hopefully back playing in two weeks.”

The Socceroos take on Bangladesh in Perth and then Tajikistan away five days later. The West Australian, who formed a strong partnership with Matt Spiranovic in defence at the Asian Cup, was looking forward to representing his country in his hometown in front of friends and family.

“It’s very tough obviously,” Sainsbury admitted.

“(But) there will be more games in the future to look forward to.”

Sainsbury will have three more Australians to come up against in the Eredivise this season with the recent arrival of Rostyn Griffiths, Tomi Juric and Daniel De Siva at Roda JC Kerkrade.

PEC Zwolle play Roda on November 21 away at Parkstad Limburg Stadion Kerkade and then meet again on April 8 next year at PEC’s Ijsseldelta Stadio.