Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards has dismissed reports about the potential departure of Steve Pantelidis, saying he is happy with his squad and would not offer players to any other club.
Social media was rife today with rumours Pantelidis was set to join former Glory coach Dave Mitchell at Malaysian Premier League club Kedah.
Edwards said there were three Malaysian clubs on hand to watch last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Adelaide United at nib Stadium, but said rumours were being started by agents during “silly season”.
Edwards said Glory regularly received offers for stars Shane Smeltz and Michael Thwaite, and “about 15” members of the squad.
He rejected claims Glory had offered Pantelidis to another club, but also reiterated the club’s position that it would not stand in the way of a player who received a lucrative offer from overseas.
“We don’t offer anyone to anyone,” Edwards said.
“It’s silly season. All these things start with agents making noise to try and move people because that’s how they make money.
“It’s a situation at certain times of the year where certain leagues are starting and they’re searching for players.
“They make phone calls and there are quite a number of our players that are sought after because of how well they’re playing and what they’re doing.
“But the fact is these kind of rumours come out because they try to unsettle players and put these kind of things in their heads.”
Pantelidis is likely to slip down the pecking order at Glory following the arrival of former French international William Gallas as a marquee signing.
Gallas played 30 minutes as a second-half substitute in his A-League debut against Adelaide and will likely form a partnership with Michael Thwaite in the centre of defence.
Edwards confirmed Gallas would start against reigning champions Central Coast at nib Stadium this week.
But Edwards said the idea that Gallas’ arrival would force Pantelidis out of the club was wide of the mark.
“William Gallas is here, so people are putting two and two together and getting five,” Edwards said.