There was continued speculation about his future, and it has now become a reality – with Penrith utility back Michael Gordon telling the club that he has signed a 3-year deal starting from the 2013 NRL season, with the Cronulla Sharks.
The decision comes after some recent rumours that Gordon was unhappy at playing second-fiddle to Lachlan Coote at the fullback position – with the Panther telling club General Manager Phil Gould, that he had made his decision.
â€œItâ€™s sad to lose a player of Michaelâ€™s calibre, and such a wonderful person,â€ Mr Gould said.
â€œIâ€™m sure I speak on behalf of everyone involved with our club, and our fans, in wishing Michael and his family well in the next three seasons at the Sharks. In the meantime, we look forward to Michael recovering from his current injury, and playing more football with the Panthers during the 2012 season.â€
â€œMichael is a quality player, an Origin player, who can play wing, centre or fullback,â€ Flanagan said.
â€œHe is a great acquisition, a great addition to our squad and he definitely adds to what we are trying to build here at the Sharks.â€