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Gordon signs with Eels in 2016

Michael Gordon committed to finishing his Sharks career in 2015 on a high note.

Michael Gordon has given Coach Shane Flanagan and the NRL playing group an absolute assurance that while he will be moving on at the end of the current season he is committed to finishing 2015 on a positive note.

Gordon today announced he will join the Parramatta Eels in 2016 on a one-year deal.

Gordon told the coaching staff and playing group of his decision prior to a team video session earlier this afternoon, with Flanagan confident the 31-year-old would continue to make a significant contribution to his team’s performances for the remainder of the year.

“He spoke to the players today and expressed to the group he is 100 per cent committed to the Sharks in 2015 and to doing what he can to ensure our club continues to win games and qualifies for this year’s final series,” Flanagan said.

Sharks Group CEO Lyall Gorman praised Gordon for his efforts over the past three seasons and wished him well in his future endeavours.

“Michael has been an outstanding player and a great ambassador for the Sharks both on and off the field. I have absolutely no doubt at all that now his immediate playing future is  settled, he will continue to give, as he always does, his absolute best for the remainder of the season to ensure he goes out on the high note he deserves after his terrific contribution to our club over the past three seasons.” Gorman said.

“With  Michael’s move to the Eels, our focus remains firmly on building for our club’s future around the next generation of young stars coming through our ranks including players of the calibre of Jack Bird, Valentine Holmes, Ricky Leutele and Fa'amanu Brown to name but a few."

Gordon joined the Sharks prior to the start of the 2013 season and has played 56 top grade games for the Cronulla Club, while in seven seasons following his NRL debut in 2006 he played 108 games for the Penrith Panthers.

Gordon has been selected at fullback for this weekend’s match against the Knights, a position he shares with Holmes who will start the Newcastle game on the wing.