Pantelis back for more

Adelaide United FC midfielder Lucas Pantelis will remain a Red for at least the next two seasons, after re-signing with the club on Monday afternoon.

Adelaide United FC midfielder Lucas Pantelis will remain a Red for at least the next two seasons, after re-signing with the club on Monday afternoon.

The two-year contract extension will make Pantelis one of the club's longest serving players, the left footer joining captain Travis Dodd and Robert Cornthwaite as the only survivors from United's inaugural Hyundai A-League season in 2005.

After some uncertainty about where his playing future lay with his current contract ending in June, Pantelis is pleased to have signed with the Reds and can now concentrate on playing.

"I've been here for five years and I've been very happy during that time, so I'm looking forward to the next couple of seasons and am glad it (the speculation) is all done and dusted," Pantelis said.

"At the age of 28 you would think you've got the next two or three best years in front of you, and I've started well in the ACL and want to continue that form into the next four games of the Group Stage, and then on into the Hyundai A-League."

Pantelis, who was the Reds' leading goal scorer this season, has been in fine touch in the AFC Champions League and Coach Aurelio Vidmar is positive it will continue.

"We're really pleased that we were able to secure Lucas' signature. He's in some really good touch at the moment, and that's the Lucas Pantelis we all know, and he'll be a valuable asset for the next two years," Vidmar said.

"It's starting to come together and at this time of year, players want to know who's staying and who's going, and Lucas is another piece of that puzzle."

The former Qantas Australian Under-23, Under-20 and Under-17 international is currently two games shy of making his 100th appearance in all competitions for United, a milestone he would have reached earlier if not for a serious knee injury, which kept him out of the entire 2006-07 season.

Pantelis' re-signing comes just hours after the club announced it had secured Dutch striker Sergio van Dijk until 2013.