Michael Gordon (rugby league)

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Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon.jpg
Personal information
Born (1983-10-24) 24 October 1983 (age 34)
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–12 Penrith Panthers 108 55 289 0 798
2013–15 Cronulla Sharks 71 18 164 0 400
2016 Parramatta Eels 24 5 71 0 162
2017 Sydney Roosters 22 7 72 0 172
2018– Gold Coast Titans 14 4 41 0 98
Total 239 89 637 0 1630
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010 New South Wales 1 0 3 0 6
2013–17 NSW Country 3 0 1 0 2
As of 4 March 2018
Source: [1]

Michael Gordon (born 24 October 1983) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. A New South Wales State of Origin and NSW Country representative, he primarily plays as a fullback and on the wing. He previously played for the Penrith Panthers between 2006 and 2012, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks between 2013 and 2015, the Parramatta Eels in 2016 and the Sydney Roosters in 2017.


Born in Cooma, New South Wales, Gordon played his junior rugby league for the Tweed Coast Raiders and was educated at Kingscliff High School and graduated from Year 12 in 2001.

Playing career[edit]


In round 8 of the 2006 NRL season, Gordon made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at centre in the Panthers 40-12 loss at Penrith Stadium.[2] In round 11 against the Parramatta Eels, Gordon scored his first NRL career try in the Panthers 30-20 win at Penrith Stadium.[3] Gordon finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 18 matches, scoring 11 tries and kicking 7 goals for the Panthers in the season.


Gordon played in 19 matches, scoring 36 tries and kicking 98 goals, in 2007


Gordon finished the 2008 NRL season with him playing in 15 matches, scoring 11 tries and kicking 38 goals for the Penrith Panthers.


During the 2009 season, Gordon kicked 23 consecutive goals before missing one, establishing himself as the Panthers number one goal kicker. He played in 15 matches, scoring 3 tries and kicking 57 goals.


In game 3 of the 2010 State of Origin series, Gordon was selected to play for New South Wales on the wing, Gordon kicking 3 goals in the Blues 23-18 loss at ANZ Stadium.[4][5] In round 24 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Gordon set a new club record for most points in a match with 30 in the Panthers 54-18 win at Penrith Stadium.[6] At the end of 2010 NRL season, Gordon set a new club record for most points in a season with 270 points in 25 matches.


Gordon was selected for the NSW Country side in the annual City vs Country Origin match on wing, scoring a try and kicking 2 goals in Country's 18-12 win in Albury.[7] In round 10, Gordon injured his ACL which required surgery and ruled him out for the remainder of the season.[8] Gordon scored a try in the match.[9] Gordon finished the 2011 NRL season with him playing in 9 matches, scoring 4 tries and kicking 25 goals for the Panthers.


In May 2012, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks made Gordon an offer which he accepted before Phil Gould, the 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.[10] Gordon finished the 2012 NRL season with him playing in 7 matches, scoring a try and kicking 2 goals in his last season with the Penrith Panthers.


In round 1 of the 2013 NRL season, Gordon made his club debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks against the Gold Coast Titans at fullback, kicking 2 goals in the Sharks 12-10 win at Remondis Stadium.[11] In round 2 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Gordon scored his first club try for the Sharks in the 14-12 loss at ANZ Stadium.[12] Gordon was selected for the NSW Country origin side for the annual City vs Country Origin match, playing at fullback in Country's 18-12 win at Coffs Harbour.[13] Gordon finished the 2013 NRL season as the Sharks highest point scorer with 112 points in 22 matches.


In round 22, against the New Zealand Warriors, Gordon played his 150th NRL career match in the Sharks 16-12 loss at Mt Smart Stadium.[14] He played in all of the Sharks 24 matches, scoring 6 tries and kicking 50 goals. On 8 September, Gordon was selected for the Australia Kangaroos Four Nations train-on squad but didn't make the final 24-man squad.[15]


On 19 May 2015, Gordon asked for an immediate release to sign with the Parramatta Eels so he could play at fullback permanently, and he reportedly could no longer work with coach Shane Flanagan. The request was denied by the Sharks.[16][17] However, on 18 June 2015, Gordon signed a one-year contract with the Eels starting in 2016.[18] Gordon finished his last year with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks with him playing in 25 matches, scoring 4 tries and kicking 74 goals in the 2015 NRL season.


In Round 1, Gordon made his club debut for the Parramatta Eels in the season-opening match against the Brisbane Broncos, playing at fullback in the Eels 17-4 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[19] In May, he was linked to the Sydney Roosters and a possible mid-season transfer to the club but instead on 22 June 2016, Gordon signed a one-year deal with the Roosters starting in 2017, staying with Parramatta for the rest of the year.[20][21] In Round 23 against the Brisbane Broncos, Gordon played his 200th NRL career match and kicked 2 goals in the Eels 38-16 loss at Suncorp Stadium. He finished his only season at the Eels with him playing in all of the Eels 24 matches, scoring 5 tries and kicking 158 goals.


In Round 1 of the 2017 NRL season,Gordon made his club debut for the Sydney Roosters against the Gold Coast Titans, playing at fullback, scoring a try and kicking 4 goals in the 32-18 win at Robina Stadium.[22] On 4 July 2017, Gordon extended his contract with the Roosters for another season for 2018.[23] Gordon finished the 2017 NRL season with 172 points for the Roosters, including seven tries and 72 goals in 22 matches. On 12 December 2017, Gordon was released from his final year of his contract with the Roosters to sign a 2-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans starting in 2018. Gordon saying about the signing "I'm excited about the opportunity to return home and to play for the Titans," "I had a good conversation with Garth and the future looks bright", "I hope I can contribute and be part of a successful club here on the Gold Coast."[24][25]


In Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season, Gordon made his club debut for the Gold Coast Titans against the Canberra Raiders, playing at fullback and kicking 5 goals in the Titans last minute 30-28 win at Robina Stadium.[26]


  1. ^ "Michael Gordon - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1983-10-24. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Confident Sharks too strong for Panthers". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Eels' week ends on a low". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Michael Gordon in Running for NSW Blues". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Maroons clinch a rare State of Origin whitewash against the happless Blues". The Australian. 
  6. ^ "Michael Gordon Stars as Penrith Demolish Souths". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Rugby League Origin - Country beats City - Photos". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  8. ^ "Michael Gordon Fears Worst on Injury". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 12 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Michael Gordon is to Leave Penrith Panthers After Signing With Cronulla Sharks on Three Year Deal". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 12 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rabbitohs v Sharks". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 12 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Andrew Fifita Breaks arm and busts ankle as Cronulla Sharks Fall Short Against New Zealand Warriors". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  15. ^ "Initial Kangaroos train-on squad announced". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - NRL.com. 
  16. ^ "Michael Gordon Walks Out on Cronulla Sharks After Club Refused Release to Parramatta Eels". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  17. ^ "Home - Live Scores & Latest News - Fox Sports". Fox Sports. 12 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Michael Gordon Signs With Parramatta Eels for 2016". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  19. ^ "Parramatta Eels Much Hyped 2016 Season Stutters in First Round Loss to Brisbane Broncos". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  20. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-2016-michael-gordon-could-join-sydney-roosters-from-eels/news-story/13fc6dc71969c4ea3d0165500a21ce69
  21. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/nrl-season-2016-michael-gordon-to-join-sydney-roosters-in-2017-20160622-gppi9x.html
  22. ^ "NRL scores: Luke Keary, Mitchell Pearce lead Roosters win over Titans". Fox Sports. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  23. ^ https://www.nrl.com/news/2017/07/04/roosters-re-sign-michael-gordon/
  24. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/michael-gordon-signs-twoyear-nrl-deal-with-titans-20171212-h031yl.html
  25. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/titans/michael-gordon-set-to-join-titans-on-a-twoyear-deal-as-jarryd-haynes-replacement/news-story/54c15397150c78b686c9b1a728a093dc
  26. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/konrad-hurrells-late-try-seals-thrilling-3028-win-for-titans-against-raiders/news-story/8afaca7b62e216f5fed8f327f3821364

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