HARDMAN defender steve Pantelidis is leaving Perth Glory to join Mehmet Durakovic at Malaysian Super League team Selangor FC.
Pantelidis joined Perth Glory at the start of the 2011 season and has more than 140 A-League appearances to his name, playing in five finals campaigns with three different clubs, and winning a championship with Melbourne Victory in 2006/07.
His versatility and no-nonsense style of defending established Steve as an integral member of the Perth Glory team that reached the 2012 Grand Final where they were controversially beaten by Brisbane Roar.
Today Perth Glory Head Coach Alistair Edwards praised for the departing 30-year-old defender.
“Steve has been a great servant to Perth Glory over the past two years," said Edwards.
"We were in talks to extend his contract further, however we had also received significant interest from a number of clubs in Asia for him.
"There is increasing money going into football in Asia and the Malaysian League is fast attracting a number of overseas players.
"As a club we do not want to stand in the way of player seeking to pursue overseas aspirations, and as such we’d like to thank Steve for his commitment and professionalism at Perth Glory.
"We wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Pantelidis joins up with former Melbourne Victory coach Durakovic who recently took the reins at Selangor FC and is bringing the veteran from Perth as his first major signing for the club.
Durakovic had a highly-successful playing career with Selangor, winning the Malaysia Cup in three successive years between 1995 to 1997.
Steve will leave for Kuala Lumpur later this week and will not be available for selection for Perth Glory’s upcoming Round 9 match against Wellington Phoenix on Friday.