More than 250 NRL games in a career spanning 14 seasons, Gold Coast Titans fullback Michael Gordon has decided to hang the boots up at season’s end.
Gordon, who joined the Titans at the start of the 2018 season, has so far played 32 games for the club to date.
It was a journey that came full circle for the proud local, who dabbled with footy to begin with as a member of the U7’s Tweed Coast Raiders.
As Gordon’s NRL journey nears an end, he enjoyed numerous highs but also lows, with injury robbing him of further appearances.
With stints for the Penrith Panthers, the Cronulla Sharks, the Parramatta Eels, the Sydney Roosters and the Titans, Gordon has seen it all.
With a sole NSW Blues appearance and NSW Country appearances on top of his lengthy career, Gordon knew the time was right.
“I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed the career that I have, to have played at some wonderful clubs, and to have shared time with wonderful friends and teammates over the past 14 seasons,” Gordon said.
“I am very proud to be a Titan and very grateful to the Gold Coast for giving me the chance to finish my career by representing the region I started with as an under-7 with the Tweed Coast Raiders many years ago.”
As many retiring do, Gordon thanked the Titans club for how they embraced him over the past two seasons.
“I am also very thankful to the Titans fans and my teammates for supporting me over the past two years,” Gordon continued.
“I’m similarly thankful to all the guys I played alongside and the fans that supported me at my other clubs over the years.
“I am excited about the road ahead of me in life after football, and also excited for the bright future ahead for the Gold Coast Titans.”
Gordon drew nothing but praise from the Titans Head of Performance and Culture, Mal Meninga.
“The mark of a successful career is longevity, and the fact that Michael was able to play more than 250 games for five clubs despite some very serious injuries tells you a lot about his tenacity and resilience,” Meninga said.
“There is no doubt he would have played 300 NRL games were it not for those injuries, and to still be contributing on the field the way he has this season at 35 years of age is a real credit to him.”
The future is not set in stone for Gordon yet but he is likely to continue both his work as an NRL Voice Against Violence ambassador and as a volunteer at his local club.