Meet our new #5 .. Steve Pantelidis

Perth Glory has finalised its playing squad for the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season with the signing of Steve Pantelidis.

Perth Glory has finalised its playing squad for the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season with the signing of Steve Pantelidis.

Pantelidis is the 12th player to join Perth Glory this season and his arrival completes the club-s 23 man squad.

“To be honest the set up here is very good, obviously Melbourne Victory is very professional and has great facilities but I think Glory is excellent,” Pantelidis told the media today.

“I think a lot of the players here have been given a great opportunity to perform week in and week out so I-m expecting a really good season this year.”

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson said he was delighted to sign Pantelidis who can play a variety of roles.

“Pantelidis is a great signing because he can do three different positions, he can hold midfield, he can play centre-half and he can also play right full-back, so we-re lucky to have him,” Ferguson said.

“Pantelidis wears his heart on his sleeve, he-s an honest player.

“That-s what you want, you want competitiveness in there and that-s what he gives you. He-s done that throughout his career.

“I think people have unfairly judged him because of his bookings but he-s a far better player than people give him credit for.”

The 28-year-old who has played 105 Hyundai A-League games, with Melbourne Victory Gold Coast United also set the record straight on his disciplinary record.

“As the Gaffa (Ian Ferguson) said he-s not going to tolerate stupid yellow and red cards, so I-m in the same boat as everyone else. I like to get in and get the ball but I-m not going to do anything silly.”

“I have a bit of experience, I-ve been in the A-League since its inception, so I-ve been here for 7 years now and I have a lot of experience and hopefully can bring that to the team.”

“The team is great. Watching the team against Adelaide last week, they were brilliant.

“So, it-s going to be tough, it-s a long season. I-m hoping to get a chance to play eventually, but I have to work myself in. I-ve only been here for two week so I don-t expect to be in the team straight away,” Pantelidis added.