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FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 SPORT 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Pendlebury racks up 200 games against Suns >> P29 Skippers double century Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury prepares for his 200th game tomorrow Picture: COLLEEN PETCH Malthouse believes pressure is hurting players confidence CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse has put himself at odds with the clubs president and chief executive, claiming his players are devoid of confidence because of constant talk the Blues are in a rebuilding phase. In a stark departure from the Blues recent messaging, and one that surprised the club, Malthouse yesterday blamed suggestions of a rebuild for the clubs continued poor form this season. We are devoid of con fidence, Malthouse said ahead of tonights game against Geelong at Etihad Stadium. I dont think it (rebuild) is the clubs word; it seems to have got out there in the press and all of a sudden it has become the hip word. Inadvertently, whether it be the club or the press have said that we are rebuilding, well that is a big hurdle to overcome mentally when you have got players who have signed for four or five years and when you bring players into your football club who feel as if what did you bring me in here for if I am not going to be considered in a side that is going forward instead of rebuilding?. So there is a big mental burden that we have to overcome and this is a lot to do with confidence. Blues president Mark LoGuidice and chief executive Steven Trigg both said last month the club was rebuilding after a miserable start to the season. Carlton has just one win from seven games and is last on the ladder. The comments increase the tension at a club already under intense pressure after such a poor start. Malthouse, who this year took over the VFL-AFL games coaching record from Jock McHale, is in the final year of a contract and faces an increasingly uphill battle to remain beyond this year. LoGuidice and the Blues board have deferred any decision on the coaching position until later in the season. Malthouse would not comment on his future yesterday, saying: I am done to death on that stuff ... all we do is repeat things that have been said and done over the last month. But he insisted that sugges tions the club was rebuilding had impacted on a lot of players. I dont care who you are, or what you are, there is a little man in the back of your brain who says if this is a rebuild, and Ive put pen to paper to sign for five years, four years or three years, or I have come to this football club, and Ive signed a two or three-year contract, it is very difficult then to disassociate yourself with what is in front of you and really what has been said. CONTINUED PAGE 29 GLENN McFARLANE BUILDING BLUES AFL ROUND 8 GEELONG V CARLTON ETIHAD STADIUM, 7.20PM, TONIGHT WATCH LIVE ON