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Gold Coast United's Pantelidis finds cure for discipline problems

Gold Coast United midfielder/defender Steve Pantelidis believes he has found a cure for discipline problems which have blighted his game in the past.

The 26-year old former Melbourne Victory man has often come under scrutiny from referees for his physical approach to the game but after being cautioned on ten occasions last season which forced him out of a hefty number of matches, the Melburnian is confident he has turned over a new leaf.

"I can't and won't go back to the way I was picking up cards and getting in trouble when there was no need to," Pantelidis said.

"I think I've found a cure for my problems after a few good sessions with the psychologist who gave me some mental exercises to do to calm me down and get me on the right track.

"It's really about not getting too worked up and diving into challenges when there's no need to.

"It's not been a major shift but I've picked up a few things which are going to totally change my mindset.

"You will see a new me during the season. My approach will be different and I'll be wiser in everything I do.

"I've definitely turned a new leaf and my plan is to pick up no suspensions at all next season because missing so many games isn't doing my career any good."

Andrew Slevison
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