Australian soccer player Trent Sainsbury takes part in a training session in Sydney.
Australian soccer player Trent Sainsbury takes part in a training session in Sydney. PAUL MILLER

Sainsbury move bodes well for Socceroos

TRENT Sainsbury's deadline-day loan move to Inter Milan might have come as a shock to all concerned.

But now that it has happened, the central defender has to make the best of his time at the San Siro.

The Perth-born Socceroo might not get much game time for the Serie A giant but could easily be thrown into the deep end this weekend.

Though Andrea Ranocchia has left to join Hull City for the rest of the season on loan, Sainsbury, at first glance, still looks to be behind the likes of Brazilian Miranda, Colombian Jepson Murillo and Chile star Gary Medel.

But the fact Miranda was sent off in Inter's Coppa Italia loss to Lazio could fast-track 25-year-old Sainsbury into a debut for Inter against Serie A leader Juventus tomorrow.

If Sainsbury does get to play for the Nerazzurri (black and blues) it would a huge coup, not just for the player himself but for Australian football in general.

Sainsbury was struggling for game time with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, so the best thing for him to was to make a move.

The fact that move is to one of the biggest clubs in the world is a huge bonus and one person who will be cheering from the rooftops will be Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou will be hoping that Sainsbury can seal a place in the starting line-up as it will not only be good for the defender but it will be huge boost for the national team.

The Socceroos coach has always said he wants his international players plying their trade at the highest level, and playing in Serie A for a team such as Inter Milan does not get much bigger.

Reading Sainsbury's reaction to the move also gave me good vibes, with him admitting the move to Italy will not be easy.

But he also realises that even if he doesn't get much first-team action under coach Stefano Pioli in his six-month stay, he will get the benefits of training alongside some of the best players in the world and experiencing just what it takes to play in of the toughest leagues on the planet.

"I'm going to have to adjust very quickly, no doubt - European football is dog-eat-dog,” Sainsbury said.

"But I don't want to go there just to make up the numbers or for the experience, I want to go all out to play.”

Everyone, including Sainsbury, will be hoping he gets a fair crack of the whip.

Hopefully if and when his time comes, he can take his chance with both hands.

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