The Roosters backline for 2018 is beginning to take shape, with the addition of fullback James Tedesco and the imminent re-signing of winger Daniel Tupou. If it ultimately doesn’t include 2017 fullback Michael Gordon though, it won’t be because the Roosters didn’t want him.
According to AAP, the Roosters have held preliminary talks with Gordon about a one-year extension, but Gordon himself is as yet undecided about whether or not he wishes to play on next year.
“I came into this season with no expectations and no guarantees,” Gordon said. “…if I got a contract, I wasn’t even guaranteed that I wanted to take it.”
“I had a chat with Robbo (Roosters coach Trent Robinson) a couple of weeks ago and they said they were keen for me to stick around. While I haven’t had any offers yet, it’s something that I’d weigh up.”
Gordon made his name as a winger during 7 seasons at the Panthers, so he could easily slot into the same team as Tedesco. Conveniently, there’s likely to be vacancy on one wing, assuming the Roosters don’t re-sign Shaun Kenny-Dowall.
Gordon has played 212 first grade games for the Roosters, Eels, Sharks and Panthers, as well as a lone State of Origin appearance for New South Wales.
He’s #39 on The Obstruction Rule’s Free Agent Top 100.