Old Glory has announced the re-signing of loose forward Matthew Gordon, who was selected in the 2020 MLR Draft. The USA-eligable Scotsman won a national championship with the University of Mary Washington and has played in the offseason with Young Glory, OGDC's under-23 team. He primarily plays as at flanker and eightman.
Gordon was one of just two players on the team who didn't spend even a minute on the pitch last year, with the other being lock David Beach. This was surprising, given that he was drafted into the team over other viable options. Indeed, preseason assessments seemed to suggest that he might be more ready to see the field than fellow draftee Casey Renaud. Instead, we saw a significant amount of Renaud but not a minute of Gordon.
At this point, he's a complete mystery as a player. At 6'4", 240lbs, he should be able to bring some bulk to the flanker position. However, his skill level is unknown, so it's difficult to tell how he will fit into the lineup. Given the other signings in the position, Gordon currently projects as the fourth or fifth choice flanker, which should let him see a bit of time off the bench, especially towards the end of the season.
I hope that Gordon gets a chance to play this year. He's always been a promising prospect, so it would be good to see him earn a place on the pitch.
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