Gordon shuts out rumours and plays impressive football

THE speculation and innuendo surrounding the Sharks being investigated by ASADA for possible drug breaches has not affected fullback Michael Gordon.

Those rumours only worsened dramatically yesterday, with reports linking former Sharks player Jon Mannah's cancer death to possibly being administered peptides at the club, the substances reportedly accelerating the effect of Hodgkin's Lymphoma disease.

"I haven't seen the reports, and I've heard some different stories, but since Steve Noyce took control (of the Sharks' football operations) I've been told not to worry about it," Gordon said.

"I wasn't here at the club back then (in 2011 - the year being investigated). I can't comment on it."

Gordon's ability to shut out the scandal surrounding his club has seen him play some impressive football, leading into tomorrow's clash against the Bulldogs at Bluetongue Stadium.

He has run for an average of almost 162 metres per game, and was rewarded with Country selection last Sunday.

"I got a lot of confidence playing that game and hopefully it rubs off on my teammates ... we haven't been completing our sets the way we'd like to recently," Gordon said.

The Sharks have lost their past three games, and the Bulldogs have won just once this year, but Gordon is not writing them, or his under-fire opposite Ben Barba, off.

"The Bulldogs never stop competing and they're still putting some good plays on. It could happen (Barba revisiting his 2012 form) anytime soon," he said.

Gordon said five-eighth Todd Carney's return from a foot injury had given his side a boost in difficult times, and believed in-form Roosters No.6 James Maloney still had a lot of work to do to unseat him from the Blues team.

This Anzac commemoration weekend holds extra significance for Gordon.

His great uncle Leonard Siffleet died while serving his country in Papua New Guinea as part of the Z Special Unit, with the photo of his execution posted on Gordon's Twitter account.

Siffleet was widely admired for his bravery, and the photo is believed to be the only surviving depiction of a western prisoner of war being executed by a Japanese soldier.

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