Sussex County Football League
Published 10th February 2012
....County League strugglers Ringmer.
It is the second time the striker has left Simon Colbran's Lobsters this season. Gordon departed for East Grinstead Town in the Autumn after finding his first team opportunities limited, despite being the club's top goalscorer at the time. And after Ringmer put in a seven-day approach for the striker this week, 31-year-old Gordon was impressed with manager Sammy Donnelly's plans.
"When I left for East Grinstead I felt I wasn't getting enough of a chance in the Redhill team," Gordon explained. "And that paid off, I went to East Grinstead, scored some goals, and when Simon Colbran asked me to come back to Redhill I got some more games.
"Simon is a good friend, but when I spoke to Sammy Donnelly this week I was really impressed.
"He made me feel wanted, and everybody wants to be wanted.
"Sammy told me he wants to build a team around me and the offer he gave me reflected that."
And Gordon, who has scored sixteen league goals this season, admits that Ringmer is not the only offer he has received in recent weeks, having turned down an offer from Mick Sullivan's Ryman League Division One South side Walton Casuals.
"I played under Mick Sullivan at Merstham. He was my first manager I played under after a time out of the game with an injury," Gordon explained.
"Mick is a real footballing man but I'm at Brighton University at the moment and the travelling if I joined a Ryman team would be too much.
"Most of the teams in the Sussex County you can get to easily from Brighton, but not if I was going to Kent and places.
"Ringmer made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and having spoken to a few people like Tony Reid and Simon Funnell about Sammy Donnelly, I was impressed with what I heard about him as a manager."
And despite Ringmer being at the opposite end of the table to the Lobsters, Gordon is not fazed by the task ahead.
"There is nothing that Redhill has got that Ringmer hasn't," Gordon explained of his decision to move. "Redhill have got great players but we just underachieved this season. We should have been a top two side, but I guess we were unlucky with referees and injuries.
"Ringmer are fighting to avoid the drop and maybe I can go there and help them to do that.
"There is a lot going on down there and talk of aiming for promotion next season."
However, Gordon, who lives in Crawley, still has loyalties to the Reds, and is hoping he can do his former team-mates a favour this weekend when Ringmer travel to Lingfield, who are just above Redhill in Division One.
"I have loyalties to Ringmer and Redhill now," the striker said. "I still want Redhill to do well and they have an outside shot at promotion.
"Hopefully I can do Redhill a favour this weekend by turning over Lingfield."