South Sydney fullback Rhys Wesser leads Gold Coast captain Scott Prince in the race for the ball at BCU International Stadium.
South Sydney fullback Rhys Wesser leads Gold Coast captain Scott Prince in the race for the ball at BCU International Stadium. Trevor Veale

Gordon is fit and firing

THERE was no shortage of rugby league superstars at BCU International Stadium at the weekend but young rugby league fans all wanted the autograph and photo of one man in particular.

It wasn’t Gold Coast captain and Queensland State of Origin star Scott Prince or South Sydney’s big off-season signing Greg Inglis.

All of the kids (and a few adults as well) wanted to get up close to Gold Coast winger and former Sawtell junior Kevin Gordon.

It wasn’t that long ago that a teenaged Gordon was scorching the turf with his speed for the Panthers.

Now, with 49 games of NRL football under his belt, Gordon is ready to turn it on for the Titans this year.

“I’m feeling the fittest I’ve ever been,” Gordon said.

“I’ve got a full pre-season in and I’m looking forward to the season starting.”

The 21-year-old avoided major injury in 2010 and was able to take part in all of the pre-season training sessions over the summer, a luxury he hasn’t enjoyed in the past.

“Last year I got a bit of surgery on my hip,” he said.

“This summer I’ve done a full pre-season, the full training and I’m fit and ready to go.”

Having experienced an interrupted summer training program and a full pre-season, the natural speedster knows which one he prefers.

“There’s a lot more power and speed in my legs, it helps a lot,” he said.

While reaching lofty heights on the field over the past two seasons, Gordon still remains grounded and admitted that his goals for 2011 are fairly simple.

“Stay consistent and play out the year,” was his simple wish.

He did have a wry grin though when asked if higher honours might be on the cards.

“If a rep jersey came along I’d be full on for it.”



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