The NSW Waratahs have announced that half back Jake Gordon will be in the sky blue jersey for at least another two years after agreeing today to a new deal with the Super Rugby side.
Gordon who joined the Waratahs in 2015 as part of the extended playing squad, says he’s pleased he has been able to settle on where he’ll play his rugby the next few seasons.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play for NSW since I can remember and I’m really excited to be a part of the Waratahs,” Gordon said.
“When I look at our playing roster with Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau and Michael Hooper to name just a few, they’re the players who drove my ambition to play at this level. Now I’ll have the chance to play alongside them for the next few years.
“The Waratahs are known for playing an open style of running rugby and that suits my game, so I’m really looking forward to being part of the team and continuing to learn and play in a great team environment.”
Gordon has been capped 10 times for the NSW Waratahs, including six times as the starting halfback in Super Rugby, scoring 25 points from five tries.
NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson says Gordon is a quality player who is not only talented but an athlete of exceptional ability as well.
“He is a really strong player and someone we can build the future of the team around,” Gibson said.
“Jake’s real strength is around the ruck and his running creates a lot of opportunities for other players with the space he creates.
“He had a break-out year last year in the Shute Shield and the NRC as he’s continued to play well with the Waratahs. His determination to succeed and his hard work along with his talent will help drive him towards a Wallaby jersey.”
Acknowledging that he may potentially have two Wallaby half backs in his team, Gibson said the rivalry and the competitive nature of Nick Phipps and Gordon will be something that benefits both.
“I think that situation will create a level of competition that brings out the best in both of them,” Gibson said.
It’s something that Gordon recognises too.
“Nick and I are really competitive people and we compete directly against each other at training. I think it’s a good thing to have that push for places in the team, it creates the best atmosphere.”
The 23-year-old had an outstanding season in 2016 in both the Shute Shield and the NRC with the NSW Country Eagles, finishing the season with the Eagles as the joint leading try-scorer, with nine tries.
In the same year he was voted as the NRC Players’ Player at the annual awards.
Born in Sydney, Jake grew up in Newtown and attended Blackwattle Bay School in Glebe, playing his first rugby with the Canterbury Juniors before joining Sydney University where he has been in first grade since 2013.
Off the field, Gordon has an interest in personal training and is studying for a degree in Health and Movement at Sydney University.
Born: 6 July 1993
Super Rugby caps: 10
Debut: 2017 vs Lions in Johannesburg
Super Rugby Points: 25 (5 tries)
Club: Sydney University