On-loan Tranmere Rovers defender Ben Gibson delighted to be staying at Prenton Park until January
BEN GIBSON was granted exactly what he wished for this week, when Middlesbrough extended his loan with Tranmere until the beginning of January.
The 19-year-old centre-back was so keen to stay at Prenton Park that he was pestering manager Ronnie Moore for updates on the progress of the deal, which was formally completed yesterday.
“I was knocking on the manager’s door, asking what’s happening,” confessed Gibson, who started the season on a youth loan and can now look forward to another three-and-a-half months in a Rovers side making a strong start to the League One campaign.
Gibson added: “I have loved every minute here and I think the manager is pleased with what I have done. Everyone is pleased with the way we are progressing as a team.
“Week in, week out, our confidence is growing and I think that comes from results. We are unbeaten in the league and we are solid at the back. We want to stay in the top two for as long as we can.”
Tranmere, second in the table with 11 points banked from the opening five games, will be looking to strengthen their position in home encounters against Coventry City tomorrow and Bury next Tuesday.
Gibson said: “We’ve been very successful in our two games at Prenton Park so far, winning them both and scoring a few goals. We want to continue that.
“We’ve made a tremendous start but I can’t say I’m surprised. We believe in the dressing room that we can keep this run going. We don’t think it’s a fluke.”
Moore said: “Ben has been fantastic for us since he arrived. He’s vocal, he’s a leader and he defends well.
“He’s only young but he seems like he’s been playing for years and I think he’s got a very bright future ahead of him.
“He’s settled in really well since he has been here and I’m delighted Tony Mowbray and Middlesbrough have agreed to extend his loan with us.”
Gibson progressed through the youth system at Middlesbrough and spent time on loan at Plymouth Argyle and York City last season.
He was initially recruited to fill the gap created by the loss of Ian Goodison, who suffered a knee injury a few days before the start of the season.
The 39-year-old Jamaican international is making good progress in his recovery from surgery and could be back in action within a fortnight.
Moore is hopeful left-back Paul Black, who has been sidelined by a thigh injury, will also be ready to play soon.