The Cronulla Sharks have denied Michael Gordon has walked out on the club, saying the veteran fullback was “embarrassed” by reports that he would walked out on the club.
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According to News Corp, Gordon failed to show at Sharks training on Tuesday after taking advice from the Rugby League Players Association after the Sharks reportedly backflipped on a deal to allow him to join to Parramatta Eels.
The 31-year-old saw a psychologist on Tuesday to determine the impact of the recent events on his mental health.
Gordon is believed to have been given the all-clear to sign with the Eels last week, however the Eels reneged on the deal forcing the former State of Origin player to remain at the Sharks.
Cronulla slammed media reports in released a statement released by the club on Tuesday.
“Contrary to media reports which have appeared today Michael Gordon has not ‘walked out’ on the Cronulla Sharks,” the statement read.
“In consultation with the Club early this morning Michael was given leave from training in order to address some personal matters.
“His non-attendance at training, which was an informal team activity at a nearby indoor sports centre, was not unexpected by the Cronulla club and coaching staff.”
Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman said Gordon was left red-faced by reports of his apparent walk-out.
“Discussions with Michael this afternoon have confirmed that he is embarrassed by reports currently circulating that he has walked out on his contract at our club,” Gorman said.
Sharks star Michael Ennis sys Gordon is a “valuable” asset to the team
“We all love playing with him, he’s such a great player,” Ennis is quoted as saying by AAP.
“At fullback, wing, wherever he is on the team, he’s so valuable to us.”