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Published 4th July 2012
.....numbers as he prepares to test himself at a higher level.
The former Corby Town defender is expected to take a back seat to likely first choice pair Gaz Dean and Gavin Cowan next season if Boro play a flat back four.
However, Gordon says he will not be happy with a place on the bench even if it means playing for a side fresh from promotion.
He said: “I’m not here to make up the numbers. I want to push for a place in the team. I’ve got to push myself forwards and believe in myself.
“I know there are good players here and it won’t be easy. I guess the advantage I have is that I can also play right-back, although I would say my best position is centre back. I played right-back for Corby a lot though.”
When the 27-year-old joined Boro, manager Kevin Wilkin said he believed Gordon was coasting at Corby and should be playing at a higher level.
That is a sentiment the former Rugby Town man agrees with on reflection.
“I’ve been playing below where I should be I think. People keep telling me I should be pushing myself and I wanted to do it.
“I had a really good year at Corby winning two player of the year awards. I wanted to test myself this season though.
“It’s going to be a step up I think for the whole club. Most of the teams are full-time so we are going to have to work hard to bridge that gap,” he said.
Gordon went on to reveal he came close to signing for Nuneaton before, but this summer was a case of right place, right time.
“I’ve spoken to Kev the last couple of years but we’ve never got to the point where I’ve signed.
“We spoke again this summer and he thought it was the right time for me to come, which I was happy to do,” he said.
Gordon joined the rest of the squad in reporting for pre-season training last Saturday.
“It was a double session which I didn’t realise so I was struggling a bit! It was really good though.
“There was a lot of ball work, which players love. It was good to meet the lads after waiting a couple of weeks.
“I already knew new signing Jon Adams as we were at Rushden & Diamonds together. It was good to catch up though after seven or eight years,” he said.