Ex-Titans coach avoids drug conviction

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Former Gold Coast Titans player and coach Michael Gordon has avoided a conviction after being found guilty of two drug supply charges.

The 38-year-old was arrested at his Casuarina home in November 2020 as part of a sting targeting cocaine and MDMA supply across the NSW and Queensland border.

Gordon, who played 261 NRL matches for five clubs before retiring at the end of 2019, was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

He pleaded guilty to the drug possession charges and they were dismissed when he appeared in Tweed Head Local Court on Thursday.

He pleaded not guilty to the supply charges, but after magistrate Geoff Dunlevy found the charges proven he imposed conditional release orders of one and two years respectively.

Within hours of his arrest, the Titans released a brief statement confirming Gordon would no longer be working with them as a specialist coach.

Gordon's interim move to a coaching position at the Tweed Coast Raiders was also on hold after the NSW Rugby League insisted the case be finalised.