Trent Sainsbury completes Maccabi Haifa swap to join Aussie Rukavytsya

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has departed Dutch heavyweights PSV Eindhoven for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa, his fifth club in the last three years.

27-year-old Sainsbury had been on the lookout for a new club despite having two years to run on his contract with PSV after coach Mark Van Bommel said he was surplus to requirements earlier this month.

The former Central Coast Mariners player will join fellow Australian Nikita Rukavytsya at his new club after signing a two-year deal.

Rukavytsya, 32, has been at Maccabi since 2016 and has scored 31 goals in 102 appearances for the club.

One of Israel’s Big Four, The Greens have won 12 league titles but finished second last season and are currently on a nine-year championship drought.

They were also knocked out of UEFA Europa League qualifying by French side Strasbourg last month in a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

It is a bold move for Sainsbury as he attempts to revive his stalled club career.

The Dutch league — the Eredivisie — is many rungs above Israel’s own league — the Israeli Premier League — in both quality and resources.

No club from Israel is playing in European competition this season, while Eindhoven this morning secured their place in the Europa League main draw.

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