They say there’s nothing more valuable than a good handy man and that certainly rings true at Box Hill with big man Tom Gordon.
At only 23-years-old, Gordon is one of the more experienced players at the Hawks having joined the club in 2012.
Now part of the leadership group and having cemented a spot in the senior team, Gordon’s story is one of perseverance and work ethic.
After playing 16 games in the senior side in 2013, Gordon only managed two last season following an injury lay-off mid-season immediately following a nine-goal performance against Casey in the Development League.
In 2015, Gordon has cemented himself a senior home as a 194-centimetre key-position lynch-pin, utilised both up forward and in defense depending on the week.
To illustrate Gordon’s capabilities as a swingman, he started the season playing in an under-siege defence against a Footscray team that threatened to get on a run at any stage, with that performance earning him a position in the bests.
The following week, Gordon found himself up forward against Coburg in an outstanding performance that resulted in a match-high four goals and Box Hill’s second win of the season.
In Sunday’s five-point loss to Werribee, Gordon predominately played down in defence against the likes of Majak Daw before swinging forward late in the game, kicking an important goals from 45-metres out on the boundary to bring the game back to within two goals.
Enjoying success at both ends, Gordon says the answer to the “million-dollar question” of his preferred position to play is the one that sees him playing senior football on any given week.
“Obviously people want to know (where I’d prefer to play) but in the end, I honestly don’t mind, I just want to play where I’m needed and most importantly, be out there playing.”
Versatility seems to be a common theme when it comes to Gordon; Off the field, Gordon spends his days working as a carpenter and recently has begun penning an article to appear every three weeks in the Whitehorse Leader.
“It’s funny, I don’t have any real interest in journalism as such, but I was approached by the Leader to pen an article and I though it would be a bit of fun,” Gordon said.
As a leader at the club and one of the more charismatic members of the squad, Gordon has begun setting an example not only on the field, but off the field as well in establishing a fun culture around the changerooms.
“The boys found out about it (the Leader column) pretty quickly and I got a $10 fine for it.”
“I can’t exactly be part of the group that hands out fines and not receive any myself, so I’ll have to cop that on the chin,” he says with a chuckle.
Though being a leader is not something Gordon is trying to shy away from, he remains humble about his standing amongst the group.
“I guess with leaderships group these days, they can become quite bloated and really, you don’t need to be in the group to be a leader. In the end though, it’s nice to be recognised by your teammates as a leader and that’s the most pleasing aspect.”
Having be recognised by his fellow players off the field and the coaching panel on the field in the opening games, the foundations are set for what promises to be an excellent season for both Gordon and the Hawks.
You can see Gordon in action along with the other members of the Senior side this Saturday as they take on Essendon at Windy Hill from 12pm.