Fullback Michael Gordon knows there will be plenty of time to reflect and reminisce on his career in the future but the 35-year-old is solely focused on a strong Titans performance against the Dragons on Saturday night.
Gordon will run out for game No.261 at Cbus Super Stadium and whilst there have been plenty of memories banked since his debut back in 2006, the Tweed Coast junior is still in good shape and looking to finish on a high.
“I feel pretty good,” Gordon said.
“The body feels good, mentally I feel good and I’m just looking forward to playing.”
The proud family man knows there will be plenty of opportunity after fulltime on Saturday to look back on what has been a stellar top-flight career, so he has made sure this week has just been like any other in terms of preparation.
“It’s a team sport, and you’ve got to focus on your job in the team and your role in the team,” he said.
“There will be plenty of time to reflect so I’m really just focused on a strong team performance (on Saturday night).”
After time in western Sydney, time in the ‘Shire’, time in the eastern suburbs and then back to where it all began, Gordon has many memories but he is determined to keep looking ahead to kick-off against the Dragons rather than back on a wonderful career.
“I haven’t thought about it too much,” he said of retirement. “There have been little highlights packages that I have a bit of a laugh at.
“I’ve enjoyed every year and being part of every team. I’ve had some great memories. But I love playing and love being part of a team.
“Being able to play rugby league professionally is a blessing and something I’ll cherish forever.”
A career that started just south of the border will come full circle next year with Gordon guaranteeing he will don the green, yellow and white jersey of his junior club the Tweed Coast Raiders in 2020.
“There are no cameos here,” he laughed.
“I’m all-in and will be playing halfback. I’m looking forward to it and am committed for the year.”