Trevor Allan (34)
I'd like to see someone from Gordon list a team of ex-Gordon players playing with other Sydney clubs. I can think of a few such as Gower, Coupland, Barry, Tom Hill. Is there a full team?
How much stronger would Gordon be with those guys in the team?
It seems the bottom 4 teams this year (Penrith, Gordon, Parra, Wests) all have quite a few quality players who've left to join other clubs.
To be honest theres obviously always players from your club that play at other clubs I bet you could name a fair few Randwick guys as well but for a list of higher graders who played a season of senior rugby at Gordon I suppose.
Off the top of my head :
Manly : Gower
Warringah : Ward (colts), Curtin
Eastwood : Plokstys, Barry, Hill, Miles McCaffrey (colts)
Souths : Maumalanga's, Tabuatamata
West Harbour : Games
Randwick : Coupland
Gower, Ward, Plokstys, Barry, McCaffrey, Games all left when the financial problems turned into a disaster roughly about half a decade ago.
Since then the Maumalanga's went back to Souths, Tabuatamata lives near Souths. Coupland would most probably be in 2nd grade at Gordon and Curtin chose to pursue opportunities at Warringah but would be playing 2nd or 3rd grade at Gordon in most instances without injuries. Ward got selected in 3rd grade the year out of Colts - poor decision in hindsight. Hill chose to play in a more competitive side to push for representative rugby and at that point I would say he made the correct decision if a player was making that decision now I would say I would put my hand on my heart and be honest that I think Gordon can now support representative rugby players where as just after that period after the financial problem I think the lack of pathway through colts and into grade as well as lack of senior players would have made it difficult for most players to shine.
If I am going to be honest that's not that many in a normal functioning club players generally sometimes decide to move for various reasons. I actually think the loyalty in terms of playing for the club is some is of the highest quality we don't have many guys threaten to go to other clubs people are playing for the right reasons at Gordon ever since the decision to not pay players came about.
Currently you see a fair few Gordon juniors in the grade scene floating about that is because the Colts has only really been fixed in the last 2 - 3 seasons and in about 5 seasons hopefully that trend continues to change.
You will also be pleased to know that Gordon can more than sustain a program now as they have paid off all financial obligations to debtors and have established a foundation.
I would say the club's sponsorship now in full effect is some of the highest in the Shute Shield.
In an effort to do this sustainably though they haven't rushed out and instantly tried to attract players for the wrong reasons (money). Producing through Colts is the way they see the future and I tend to agree obviously attracting at the top end has benefits as well though.
This playing group is very young this year with 25 players roughly coming up from last season's colts this next season (2017) will see a similar number join them it could be a few years but I believe it is not that far off.
As most people who have watched grade rugby know 20 year olds get bashed physically and grade rugby players are having shorter careers.
Experienced players are invaluable!