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Michael Gordon’s rugby league retirement has been short-lived, with the former Gold Coast fullback appointed as the Titans’ Development Coach for the 2020 season.

Gordon announced his retirement earlier this year after 261 games in the NRL, but after a discussion with new Head Coach Justin Holbrook, the 36-year-old will return to the Club as part of the Titans’ new-look coaching staff.

Gordon will bring his enormous rugby league experience to assisting and coaching the ‘back five’, helping out the fullback, wingers and centres.

The other element to his role will be as a ‘transitional’ coach, helping the players who go back to play for – or are promoted from – the Burleigh Bears or Tweed Seagulls.

Titan Ryan James played with Gordon over the past two years and believes the Tweed Coast junior is the perfect man for the job.

“Flash has come on board and is doing a bit of work with the back five,” James said.

“It’s great that the Club has looked at him and is investing in him for the future because for someone to have played over 250 games, he must’ve done something right.

“The Club has gone out and got what they wanted, and Flash is one of those people.

“It’s great because he’s a great person to have around the Club.”

James: It’s a clean slate for all players

Gordon has known head coach Justin Holbrook for a number of years, and while James won’t work with his former teammates directly, he is excited about seeing him work with the younger squad members.  

“Having Flash here to help the back five is extremely important,” James said.

“His job is to help players like that and to help the transitional players as well.

“He’s played all of those positions, and played in some great teams, so Flash can help in all those areas.”