Dyldam Parramatta Eels fullback Michael Gordon says the Blue and Gold have one job on their mind, winning games of football.
After a week filled with NRL investigations following the club issued with preliminary findings relating to alleged breaches of the salary cap, Gordon says the Blue and Gold remain focused on their job at hand.
“We have had a week off, so everyone has got away and not had to worry about the off field stuff. We are back to doing what we have to do, and that’s playing footy,” Gordon said.
“We have a game Friday night and it has come at a good time,” Gordon added of their Round 10 clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
“My opinion hasn’t changed. I thought we would play Finals football at the start of the year, and I still think we will,” Gordon added.
“I don’t like to put numbers to it, but we just have to keep winning games and give ourselves every shot.”
And with the Eels playing group receiving plenty of off-field media attention over the past week, Gordon says it personally has not bothered him one bit.
“I like to joke about it because there is no point whinging or moaning about it, what’s done is done and we have to move forward,” Gordon said.
“All the boys have been really positive, I’m a positive person, so I’ll see the best of it and go from there.”
“Having an answer is better than having no answer at all,” Gordon added.
“We are still playing, and that’s all that matters, and whatever happens is out of our control so we will do our best to prepare for games, and that’s it.”
Head Coach Brad Arthur has been a pillar of strength for the Blue and Gold during the ensuing media exposure and Gordon says Arthur has done nothing but keep the side focused on their job at hand.
“From Day One, it has been great. Anything that happens outside of footy, we don’t bother about, and he [Brad Arthur] controls the footy team and that’s all that really matters,” Gordon said.
“The only questions I have asked of Brad is what we are doing for the game and anything that happens outside of that, I have no control over so there is no point asking questions or worrying about it,” he added.
“The little chat we had after, everyone seems really positive so I don’t think anyone wants this season to go to waste. We will come out with the same attitude we have had every game.”
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