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Arnie-in-law no drama for Socceroos star

Time with the in-laws can sometimes be tense but Socceroo defender Trent Sainsbury says the fact his coach Graham Arnold is his wife's father is no issue.

Arnie-in-law no drama for Socceroos star

Time with the in-laws can sometimes be tense but Socceroo defender Trent Sainsbury says the fact his coach Graham Arnold is his wife's father is no issue.

Sydney FC coach GRAHAM ARNOLD looks on during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Sydney FC and Suwon Bluewings at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
Sydney FC coach GRAHAM ARNOLD looks on during the AFC Asian Champions League match between Sydney FC and Suwon Bluewings at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Matt King/Getty Images

Having his father-in-law as his national team coach is not even close to being an issue for Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury.

Sainsbury married Graham Arnold's daughter Elissa in late 2017, before Arnold took over as Australia coach following last year's World Cup in Russia.


For some having your wife's dad as your boss could come with added stress but Sainsbury says for him and Arnold it's old news.

In camp together ahead of Australia's Asian Cup defence in the United Arab Emirates this month, the 26-year-old and Arnold are keeping their relationship strictly professional over the next few weeks.

"I started seeing her when he was coach at the (Central Coast) Mariners, so we've already been in the same situation it's just a step up now being with the national team," Sainsbury told AAP.

"She's my wife now and we've been together for eight years so the novelty of the whole situation has kind of worn off.

"It's just a professional relationship, obviously outside of football we can talk about other things just like any father-in-law relationship, it's the same as everyone else's.

"While we're in camp it's all about the business. Getting the job done and winning trophies."

Sainsbury was one of Australia's key players in their successful 2015 Asian Cup campaign on home soil.

He nodded home his first Socceroos goal in a 2-0 semi-final win over the UAE before being named man-of-the-match in the final victory over South Korea.

His performances also earned him a spot in the team of the tournament.

Not that he's in a reminiscent mood just days before Australia's tournament opener in Al Ain against Jordan on Sunday.

"It was nice back then but it's the same as the World Cup, it's been and gone and I can always go and tell the grandkids one day about the stories," he said.

"We've got a lot more experience with those boys from four years ago. Going into this camp a lot of the boys are on the 30 cap-plus mark.

"We've got a lot of experience going into this one ... and we want to be winning the trophy at the end of the tournament. That's the goal that we've set ourselves."

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