Michael Gordon
Wants to play FB

Michael Gordon’s future at the Penrith Panthers is in doubt, with the NSW Origin star to consider quitting the club if new coach Ivan Cleary ignores his request to play fullback.

In a dramatic development just weeks out from the season-opener, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal Gordon has already had one release request denied and is likely to leave the club if he is kept on the wing.

New Penrith coach Ivan Cleary last night confirmed his dilemma, with Gordon’s ultimatum having the potential to place young gun Lachlan Coote on the outer.

Cleary admitted Gordon had sought a release from the Panthers after fielding offers from both the Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers.

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“I am aware of the situation,” Cleary said when asked about Gordon’s release request.

“Mick is off contract this year and he has certainly made it clear that he would like to play fullback.”

On a reported $220,000 a year, Gordon and his management feel the Origin winger would command more money as a fullback.

Gordon signed a two-year deal in 2010 before making a switch to the back last year. He scored several scorching tries before a knee injury ended his season.

“He understands that fullbacks command more money than wingers,” Cleary said.

“They are not stupid and I have spoken to Mick about this. We have covered this off. He wants to do his best for the team and he thinks that is at fullback, which is great.”

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Gordon’s manager Andrew Purcell said Gordon would be sold as a fullback when his current deal expires at the end of the year.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph