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Leopold star Tom Gordon in action in 2018. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

STAR defender Tom Gordon has turned the head of first-year coach Jason Tom as Leopold returned to training earlier this week.

Hampered by his recovery from a knee injury during pre-season, Gordon was unable to showcase his ability to the Lions’ new mentor over summer.

However, the former Port Melbourne player has been able to return to full fitness despite the shutdown of the 2020 season.

“Tommy Gordon looked pretty sharp last (Tuesday) night,” Tom declared.

“He battled through pre-season, but I know he’s done a lot of work, and he looked a million bucks.

“He’s one I’ve never seen play, but he moves pretty smoothly on the training track.”

And “smooth” is how Tom described the resumption of training in this new era of social distancing.

Leopold had around 40 players on the track across the evening, despite uncertainty remaining over whether the GFL season will even get underway.

“It went a lot smoother than what I thought it would,” Tom admitted. “We really didn’t have any difficulty at all, the way it was set-up.

“We had two groups start at 5 o’clock; we had 20 guys that could do that.

“Then we had another two (groups) start at 6 (o’clock), with a 15-minute gap in-between, which gave that break in which blokes could jump in their cars and take straight off.

“So, we didn’t have any of that mingling, which is not allowed.”


Tom said training didn’t necessarily focus on football.

“It wasn’t really a footy or a fitness session,” he said. “It was just about getting back together and having a bit of fun.

“We had a kick, but we had the soccer balls and tennis racquets and frisbees out.

“We just got back to being around each other.”

Tom, who retired last year after helping Bannockburn break a 16-year premiership drought in the GDFL, is optimistic local football will get a start.

“If you had of asked me three or four days ago, I would have said “no, it’s probably unlikely”,” he conceded.

“Ask me right now, and I think it’s really likely.

“There’s a lot of work to be done by clubs and footy departments and the league, but I think it’s very possible.

“You see positive news in other states, and we’ll follow that, so I think it’s really possible.”

Twitter: @tom_king79