Aug 24 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
A YEAR ago Ben Gibson was the teenage loan player who quickly established himself as a strong man at the heart of the Tranmere defence.
Now Gibson is determined to make the same impact with parent club Middlesbrough, by forcing his way into the starting line-up at the Riverside.
The 20-year-old insisted: “I’ve been away and learned my trade and now I feel confident enough win a place in the gaffer’s side. I know I’m up against some serious competition.
“I’ve got Jonathan Woodgate and Rhys Williams ahead of me and for me they are the best two centre-halves in the Championship. But competition is what every player thrives off and I am learning so much from them every day.
“One step at a time. I want to break into the team and I know I’ll get a chance. I have to be patient and bide my time and if I get my opportunity I have to take it.”
Tranmere have been told there’s little prospect of Gibson being allowed to make a return to Prenton Park on loan, where he played more than 30 games in two spells last season.
Manager Ronnie Moore said: “Ben has shown he can play at League One level and if Middlesbrough were to loan him out, it would more likely be to a Championship club.”