Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury signs for Dutch champions PSV

Trent Sainsbury Socceroos 2018
The Aussie defender will link back up with former Socceroos assistant coach Mark van Bommel

After earning a release from Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, Australian defender Trent Sainsbury has secured a move to reigning Eredivisie champions PSV.

Sainsbury has signed a three-deal with the Dutch club, who are through to the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

The 26-year-old is no stranger to the Netherlands having spent two years with PEC Zwolle in 2014 after breaking through with A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

Three strong performances for Australia at the 2018 World Cup made Sainsbury hot property with Queens Park Rangers the most heavily linked.

Sainsbury has however decided to join PSV, a choice that means he'll link up with former Socceroos assistant coach Mark van Bommel, who took up the reigns at PSV after Russia.

PSV's interim technical manager John de Jong revealed the club has been keeping an eye on Sainsbury long before van Bommel's arrival however.

"Trent is a defender who we found interesting when he was still playing at PEC Zwolle," de Jong said. 

"It is now a player with a lot of international experience. Among other things at the World Cup he showed that he has developed excellently."

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PSV will begin their league title defence on August 11 against Utrecht with Sainsbury unlikely to feature so soon. 

Fellow Australian Daniel Arzani has also been linked to a move to the club with the 19-year-old expected to be bought by Manchester City before being loaned out.

Though Celtic are now front runners to land him, PSV have long been mooted as a possible destination.