United stars delay

Overseas ambitions, dumped deals and undoubtedly a lack of on-field success have seen Adelaide United delay contract negotiations with some of its key players.

Overseas ambitions, dumped deals and undoubtedly a lack of on-field success have seen Adelaide United delay contract negotiations with some of its key players.

Vice captain Lucas Pantelis, experienced midfielder Paul Reid and talented defender Scott Jamieson have all been offered contract extensions during the season but are yet to confirm their futures are at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Jamieson, who was part of the Socceroos' travelling party to Kuwait, was set to trial with a Belgium club this week but that plan didn't eventuate.

Instead the left back will sit on the bench for Adelaide when it tackles the Gold Coast on Saturday night with Cassio to regain the left back position.

Reds coach Aurelio Vidmar was keen to retain the services of the 21-year-old but was realistic about where his future may lie.

"His heart is set on going overseas and we know that and there was an opportunity for him a couple of days ago and that fell through so that's the way it is," Vidmar said.

"It's not unsettling (for him to seek out other clubs) because we've still got enough players in the squad that can cover."

Reid has had a horror year with injuries but remains in the Reds' good books given the team normally wins when he's fit and firing in the midfield. Reid is trying to regain fitness after injuring his groin against Brisbane last month and will hopefully return to Hindmarsh Stadium next season if Vidmar has his way.

"At this stage there has been no pen put to paper, discussions are still ongoing. Everything in a way has stopped because we did have a deal for him there a little while ago but he obviously had another clause in his existing contract and we'll just have to wait and see now," Vidmar said.

"But we are not going to be in a hurry to sign or re-sign anyone at this stage."

Vidmar said Reid still had a bright future ahead despite his lack of input in the first half of 2009-10.

"He's still young, 30 years old, just turned 30 and he's having a tough time with injuries but he's going to have a run with the Youth League on Sunday and then I'm sure he'll put his hand up against Central Coast."

Pantelis' future at the club is less certain with his manager admitting there were other teams keen to secure his services.

"There's no saga with Lucas Pantelis, we offered him a contract quite a while ago ...so those negotiations have stalled and once again he's in the same situation as Reidy and a few others that we won't be doing anything for the moment," Vidmar said.