After three “very enjoyable years” at the Remondis Stadium, this afternoon Sharks fullback Michael Gordon will say goodbye to the Cronulla fans.
Debuting with the Penrith Panthers in 2006 – against the Cronulla Sharks – Gordon would make the move to the Shire ahead of the 2013 season, arriving at the Sharks three season ago with fellow off-season recruits Luke Lewis, Chris Heighington and Beau Ryan.
But Gordon will today bid farewell to the Remondis faithful in what will be his last outing at home in Sharks colours, with his career set to continue at Parramatta beyond the 2015 season.
The 31-year-old told sharks.com.au that he has loved his time at the Club and has very fond memories of playing in front of the Cronulla supporters.
“I’ve been here for three years, three very enjoyable years,” Gordon said.
“Back when I arrived in 2013, when everything off the field came to be, running out in front of such a vocal home crowd just made me feel welcome from the first game.
“I’m sure it’ll feel just as good at my last.”
Signed from the Penrith Panthers with plenty of expectations, Gordon has enjoyed three successful years at the Club – highlighted by his own personal performances and that of the side’s run deep into the 2013 finals series.
Named as the Club player of the year in his previous two seasons at the Sharks, Gordon again is in good stead heading into the back end of the season, having found the form that earned him the personal accolades in the previous two seasons.
Gordon said his own performances have come off the back of the success of the team, and that he is spurred on to greater things in not wanting to let his mates down.
“When you look back at the start of the season it feels like forever ago.
“There’s a good buzz around the team, I’m just trying to do my bit for them and I want to finish on a good note here, so I want to try and play the best I can.”
While Gordon’s work on the field is the one that critics laud, the father of two said he is hoping to cap his final outing at Cronulla with a win in front of his favourite judges – his children and parents – on Fathers’ day.
“Last home game, Sunday arvo, it should be close to a packed house. All the boys are hoping so,” he said.
“They’re good kids, they definitely keep me entertained. I love coming home and they’re waiting at the top of the stairs waiting for me calling my name, waiting for a cuddle.
“They’ll definitely be down at Remondis this weekend, and my dad is coming down too so it will be a special day.
“It’ll be an emotional day after the game, it’s been three great years here and I’m really looking forward to running out at Remondis one last time.”