The Gold Coast Titans are set to lose their most experienced player with Michael Gordon announcing he will hang up the boots at the end of the season.
Gordon, who will turn 36 in October, has been a central figure in the club since making the move from the Sydney Roosters in 2018.
The fullback said now is the right time to walk away after a career that came full circle at the Gold Coast.
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“I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed the career that I have, to have played at some wonderful clubs, and to have shared time with wonderful friends and teammates over the past 14 seasons,” Gordon said.
“I am very proud to be a Titan and very grateful to the Gold Coast for giving me the chance to finish my career by representing the region I started with as an under-7 with the Tweed Coast Raiders many years ago.
“I am also very thankful to the Titans fans and my teammates for supporting me over the past two years, and I’m similarly thankful to all the guys I played alongside and the fans that supported me at my other clubs over the years.
“I am excited about the road ahead of me in life after football, and also excited for the bright future ahead for the Gold Coast Titans.”
Performance and Culture Mal Meninga paid tribute to Gordon for his career and his contribution to the Titans.
“The mark of a successful career is longevity, and the fact that Michael was able to play more than 250 games for five clubs despite some very serious injuries tells you a lot about his tenacity and resilience,” Meninga said.
“There is no doubt he would have played 300 NRL games were it not for those injuries, and to still be contributing on the field the way he has this season at 35 years of age is a real credit to him.
“Michael is a very skilful player, but most importantly he is a quality human being. He has dedicated himself to his community and charity work, and set a benchmark for every player in the game to follow.
“He is a credit to the rugby league community, and hopefully we will see him involved with the Titans for many years to come.”