Kevin Gordon has set his sights on becoming a Titans great after penning a new three-year deal with the club. Copyright: Renee McKay/NRL Photos
It's a substantial upgrade on the original $500 contract he signed as a 16-year-old but Kevin Gordon insists the latest deal keeping him at the Titans until at least the end of the 2017 season is all about love, not money.
A week out from the start of the 2014 Telstra Premiership and with 94 first-grade games with the club already, Gordon was "heaps stoked" to have secured his long-term future on the Gold Coast and said that he didn't ever really consider going anywhere else.
Coach John Cartwright admitted that during negotiations there had been discussions regarding other offers – including the possibility of a switch to rugby union – but Gordon himself said that his first preference was to always remain a Titan.
"It's the club where I started and I like to stay loyal to the club where I started," Gordon said. "The club's treated me well and I'd like to repay the faith and play some good footy for them.
"There probably were [other offers] but I didn't really look at it. I just wanted to deal with Gold Coast and get our contract right.
"I never really looked anywhere else; Gold Coast is the place that I want to stay so it was a pretty easy decision in the end.
"I want to stay and leave my legacy on the game as a good Titans player – one of the great Titans players – and hopefully I can do that with another three years under my belt."
Although the club has recruited heavily in the outside backs in the off-season, Cartwright has never wavered in his admiration for his incumbent wingers, Gordon and David Mead, along with fullback William Zillman.
He said that the negotiation process to secure Gordon's signature had been ongoing over a six-week period and is delighted that he has committed to the club for a further three years.
"You'd like to get it done and dusted in the one meeting but it doesn't happen like that anymore," Cartwright said.
"The thing with loyalty is that it's there to a certain degree but it's certainly not there as it has been many, many years ago. Clubs make decisions, players make decisions, managers make decisions but Kevvie is a little bit different.
"He's been at the club pretty much since 16 years of age and he didn't want to leave and we didn't want to lose him."
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With Filipino heritage, Gordon could command big dollars from large rugby union clubs throughout Asia but Cartwright was delighted to see him reject a possible code switch to achieve his goals on the Gold Coast.
"Especially with Kevvie's heritage, that opens up more doors for him but I'm really happy for the reasons that he stayed here," Cartwright said.
"He could have earned more money elsewhere but he wants to be part of a Gold Coast team that wins an NRL premiership. If you can get every guy in your club thinking along those lines it won't be far [off]."
Gordon first came to the attention of the Titans when his brother, Dennis, was signed in the club's inaugural squad in 2007 and although Dennis never played an NRL game, his younger brother made an immediate impact.
A member of the Titans' under-20s team in the first year of the National Youth Competition in 2008, Gordon scored 21 tries and was named in the NYC Team of the Year before making his NRL debut in Round 3, 2009 at just 19 years of age. He scored 13 tries in 23 NRL games that year and with 50 to his name now trails just David Mead (51) as the Titans' leading tryscorer.