Michael Gordon (rugby league)
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24 October 1983 |
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Fullback, Wing, Centre|
|2010||New South Wales||1||0||3||0||6|
|As of 13 April 2011|
Michael Gordon (born 24 October 1983 in Cooma, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin representative goal-kicking winger. Michael Gordon did his schooling via Kingscliff High School and graduated from Year 12 in 2001.
In the 2009 season, Gordon kicked 23 consecutive goals before missing one. Gordon established himself as the Panthers number one goalkicker in 2009.
Michael Gordon's ability to single handedly tear his opposition ultimately turned himself into a fan favourite. In mid-2010, Gordon was switched to fullback and that has been his position of choice since then. Gordon has been labelled the 'backbone' in Penrith's outside backs. As a result of his successful transition to fullback he sought an improved salary with his next contract negotiations to match his new found status as a tackle busting fullback. This was on the back of two very serious injuries he sustained in two consecutive years.
In May 2012, the Cronulla Sharks made Gordon an offer which matched his ambitions which he accepted before Phil Gould, Executive General Manager of the Penrith Panthers, was able to make a counter-offer. It was then announced that Gordon would be leaving for the Sharks in 2013, on a 3 year deal ending in 2015.
Gordon will have reached the highlight of his career to date. Gordon has been named as a starting winger and first-choice goalkicker for the New South Wales State of Origin Team in Game III, 2010. This was also his representative debut.
On Wednesday 7 July 2010, Michael Gordon made his representative debut for New South Wales kicking 3 goals from 3 attempts.
Michael Gordon kicked his 200th NRL goal in Round 11 2010, and in Round 24 of the 2010 NRL season, Gordon set a new club record for most points in a match with 30 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In Round 26 of the 2010 NRL season, Gordon set a new club record for most points in a season with 14 tries, 98 goals, 252 points. He also filled in as a fullback instead of his normal position of wing several times in the season as the Penrith Panthers original fullback at the time being, Lachlan Coote obtained a groin injury, prompting the Penrith Panthers coach Matthew Elliott putting his trust in Gordon to get the job done in fullback.
In Round 10 of the 2011 NRL season Gordon injured his ACL which would require surgery which would rule him out for the remainder of the season. However there was some hope he could be back if the Panthers made the last few weeks of the 2011 Finals series, in which they didn't, with Penrith finishing 12th on the 2011 NRL ladder.
- Most Points in a Match (Penrith): 30 vs. South Sydney, Round 23, 2010
- Most Points in a Season (Penrith): 230* - 2010
- Most Goals in a season (Penrith): 87*
- Correct as of 29 September 2012.