According to a new report out of Sydney's Daily Telegraph, Bolton Wanderers have offered 21-year-old Central Coast Mariners and Australia U21 defender Trent Sainsbury a trial with the club. The Trotters are not the only team looking at the youngster as Southampton are rumored to have been monitoring his progress while Swiss side FC Basel and Dutch club Roda JC have also (again, reportedly) offered trials.
The decision from Sainsbury could come soon but not before this coming weekend. Sunday is the A-League's Championship match, dubbed the Grand Final, where Mariners will take on Western Sydney Wanderers at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Sainsbury's current contract goes until the end of next season and, as a result, would force a transfer fee from any potential suitors. He can play in any position across the defense but spends the majority of his time in the center. He has made 29 competitions for Central Coast Mariners in all competitions this season, including four in the AFC Champions League. He had also managed one goal, coming the Champions League, against Chinese side Guizhou Renhe.
The defender has 12 Australia U17 caps to his name and nine U21 caps. He was also featured in Australia's 2011 U20 World Cup campaign and is widely favored for a call up to the senior side soon.
We'll monitor this one.