SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Michael Gordon of the Roosters catches a high kick during the round 14 NRL match between between the Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on June 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Titans have confirmed the signing of Michael Gordon.

The Tweed junior has played 225 NRL games since debuting back in 2006 for the Penrith Panthers and will be looking to make the fullback position his own in 2018.

Gordon arrives on the Gold Coast from the Sydney Roosters on a two-year deal, with the 34-year-old excited about the opportunity to play at the Titans.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to return home and to play for the Titans,” Gordon said.

“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.”

Head Coach Garth Brennan is pleased he has been able to bolster his squad with such an experienced player.

“Michael is a player that everyone loves playing with and is the ultimate professional in every aspect of the game,” Brennan said.

“We have a number of young players in the squad and Michael will help them with their development as well as be a leader amongst the group.”

“His experience, as well as his ability as a goal kicker, will make him a valuable commodity here at the Titans.”

Gold Coast Titans 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Jai Arrow (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Bryce Cartwright (Penrith Panthers, 2021), Brendan Elliot (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Moeaki Fotuaika (2021), Michael Gordon (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Leilani Latu (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Brenko Lee (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Will Matthews (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2019), Mitch Rein (Penrith Panthers, 2019), Jack Stockwell (Newcastle Knights, 2019)
2018 Losses
Tyler Cornish (released), Chris Grevsmuhl (released), Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels), Karl Lawton (New Zealand Warriors), Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Ben Nakubuwai (Salford Red Devils), John Olive (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Agnatius Paasi (New Zealand Warriors), Nathaniel Peteru (Leeds Rhinos), Leivaha Pulu (New Zealand Warriors), Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves), Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors), Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions), Daniel Vidot (retired), William Zillman (released)
Morgan Boyle (2020), Konrad Hurrell (2021), Ryan James (2020), Nathan Peats (2020), Phillip Sami (2020), Ryan Simpkins (2018), Ashley Taylor (2021)
Off Contract 2019
Jesse Arthars, Michael Gordon, Ryley Jacks, Max King, Brenko Lee, Mitch Rein, Jack Stockwell, Jai Whitbread
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  1. Very good signing, also keen to see where this signing puts Sami position wise, probably in reserve grade til he gets bigger and stronger, but keen to see also how Brimson develops.

    1. Gordon
    2. Elliott
    3. Copley
    4. Hurrell
    5. Don
    6. Elgey
    7. Taylor
    8. Wallace
    9. Peats
    10. Latu
    11. James (C)
    12. Proctor
    13. Arrow

    14. Rein
    15. Boyle
    16. King
    17. Greenwood

  2. Wish he was still at Parra tbh but two year contract might be one to many. Good, professional player who won’t let the titans down, just what they need.

    TBH, the team list above won’t be striking to much fear into other teams so might be another long year for the Titans

  3. I have a soft spot for the Titans but sadly I see them competing with the Warriors for the Wooden Spoon in 2018

    Sad to see Michael Gordon leave the Roosters but wish him well for the next 2 years

    • If you really believe that Kev then perhaps the Eels could have cut out the middle man and brought in Gordon instead of Hayne for half the price. At least you know that Gordon will show up each week and wouldn’t be an emotional roller-coaster and on going liability.

      • We couldn’t sign him now, given we’ve got Gutho and French, and to a lesser extent Smith, coming through, but I would have signed him in a heartbeat midway through last season (2016) when he signed with your mates.

        He’s a true champion in my book, and this deal is a WIN/WIN, for him and Titans.

        • this deal is a WIN/WIN, for him and Titans… and the NRL. 😉

          “We couldn’t sign him now”

          Again mighty you take everything literally. I said; “the Eels could have (past tense)… brought in Gordon INSTEAD OF Hayne”. Too late now but the Eels missed an opportunity to get a more reliable and consistent player and save around $300K – $400K on the salary cap to spend on a decent forward. The Eels are too focused on backs at the expense of quality forwards IMO. In particular they are in dire need of a quality hooker (and I mean THAT literally). 🙂

        • I think you’ve gone a bit too literal on this one. By now, I didn’t mean today, or even last week, before we signed Hayne, it was in reference to that time has now passed, because of Gutho, French, Smith.

          “Save around $300k – $400k”, even though we only paid $500k for Hayne, which was $700k under valued? I’m confused, too literal no doubt.

          I agree we have too many backs, and another big forward or experienced hooker would add big time to our roster.

        • Gordon wanted to go home (he is from the Tweed area). No other Sydney club was going to get his signature, it was only GC or stay at the Roosters. Also, Gordon is a fullback, so there was no need for the Eels to get him back anyway. Gutho and French have that covered, and he can’t play wing for the Eels, as that makes the back 3 extremely small.

          “The Eels are too focused on backs at the expense of quality forwards IMO.” Based on one signing? The simple fact is that there are no forwards or hookers available that BA is after. He is on record a number of times saying that there is money available, but he won’t just sign any player that is available, he knows what he is after, and no available players fit the bill. There was talk of both Paulo and Napa, but they seem to be staying at their respective clubs, so he is being patient, which I applaud.

        • eels47, there was “talk” that Cronk was going to sign for Souths. Until there is an actual contract it is just talk. I think I read that Napa is happy where he is and is staying put.

          Yes, Gordon wanted to spend his last years in the game near playing for Tweed Heads but this is one better. He is still playing in the NRL and is still close to family. He has been a good player and deserves to go out on his terms.

          Had things been different I would have said the same thing about Jarryd Hayne. I hope he comes good for the Eels, it is where he was always happiest, but it is difficult to turn around attitude and discipline for a player who is about to turn 30, has reached the highest levels of the game and thinks he is still at the top of it when he is not. If Hayne can get the mental side (which includes his discipline and commitment over 80 mins) then he can do it. Unfortunately, I very much doubt he will get the mental side of his game right at this late stage. He already proved he couldn’t take instructions from Neil Henry so BA will have a struggle to keep a hold of the reins.

      • “That’d be tad embarrassing… if little sister beat big sister”

        Too late! That has already happened when “middle sister” pulled Big sister’s pants down in the final minute of the 2015 GF and stole the silverware! Bahahahahahahahaha

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