Gould: Re-signing Gordon a priority

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Panthers boss Phil Gould has taken to Twitter to declare he’ll do everything he can to keep Michael Gordon at the club.


It follows a report in The Sunday Telegraph last week that suggested Gordon had already had a request for a release denied and has demanded he play fullback this season or he’ll quit the club.


New Panthers coach Ivan Cleary faces one of the greatest selection headaches in recent memory at the club, with Gordon and Lachlan Coote battling for the number one position.


Gordon is off contract at the end of the season and his management believes he’ll attract better offers if put out to the market as a fullback, rather than a winger.


On Twitter, Gould said: “I would love for Michael Gordon to play out his career in Panthers colours. I’ve been working on making this happen.”


Gould declared re-signing Gordon was a priority, but if the goal kicking whiz was to get his wish, it would leave Coote, a specialist fullback, out in the cold.


In other news, the Panthers last week announced that OAK flavoured milk would be their new major sponsor for the next three seasons.


In a statement, the club said it saw great synergies in the shared values it has with OAK, and looks forward to a “long and successful association”.


Meanwhile, Penrith had an 18-all draw with Ipswich in their first trial of the 2012 season last Friday.


The Panthers play Newcastle in Port Macquarie on Saturday.


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