TWO-time Jim Quinn Medallist Chris Gordon has signed with Farrer League grand finalist East Wagga-Kooringal.
Gordon has sensationally walked out on Riverina League premiers Collingullie-Glenfield Park and wants to play with the Hawks next season.
The shock departure comes just three months after Gordon led the Demons to back-to-back premierships and re-signed with the club.
Gordon co-coached Collingullie to premiership success with Brett Lenon this year but wanted to take a step back from the coaching duties to remain on as a player.
His re-signing was announced at the club’s premiership banquet just five days after the grand final win.
There had been growing speculation that Gordon had become disgruntled at Collingullie over the past month and that was confirmed recently when he requested a release from his contract.
EWK coach Gavin McMahon could not confirm the new signing on Wednesday but Collingullie counrtpart Brett Lenon revealed Gordon will most likely be released to the Hawks.
“Yes we will (release him),” Lenon said.
“Obviously there will be a couple of terms that have to be met but I think they are pretty clear cut and then he’ll be released.”
Lenon said it will be sad to lose a player like Gordon, who has proven an elite midfielder since arriving at the start of 2012.
“He’s obviously looking for a change and to freshen up his footy up a bit,” he said.
“He decided a bit early to sign for us, he reckons he made a mistake and that he’s not 100 per cent happy so we’ll let him go. We’re not going to force him to play here.
“He won a couple of Jim Quinn Medals, club best and fairests, he’s given us first class service so we won’t stand in his way.”
EWK could not confirm or deny Gordon’s signing.
“We’re not in a position to announce anything at this stage,” McMahon said.
Gordon was unable to be contacted by The Daily Advertiser.
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