Perth Glory have a major defensive hole to plug after Steve Pantelidis left the club to join Malaysian side Selangor FCPerth's defence has suffered a significant blow with Steve Pantelidis leaving the Glory to join Malaysian Super League outfit Selangor FC.
Pantelidis has played 50 matches for Perth since crossing there from Indonesian club Bintang Medan ahead of the 2011-12 A-League season.
The 30-year-old has played in every game for the Glory so far this campaign and his departure, coupled with star import William Gallas remaining sidelined due to injury, is sure to give Perth coach Alistair Edwards some headaches down back in the short term.
Pantelidis will now link up with former Melbourne Victory coach Mehmet Durakovic who is coaching Selangor.
"Steve has been a great servant to Perth Glory over the past two years. 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," Edwards said.
"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 players 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 has been a stalwart of the A-League, playing 151 matches in total since 2005 with Perth, Gold Coast United and the Victory where he won two championships and two premierships.
The Melbourne native started his professional career at English Premier League giant Chelsea's youth academy before playing a season with West Ham in 2001-02.