Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson signs five-year deal at the club he ‘loves’

TOP PROSPECT: Ben Gibson Photograph by FRANK REID

TOP PROSPECT: Ben Gibson Photograph by FRANK REID

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PROMISING defender Ben Gibson has committed his long-term future to his beloved Middlesbrough after signing a new five-year contract.

The 21-year-old Boro-born centre-half, a product of the club’s famed academy, was originally brought into the Championship side by previous boss Tony Mowbray, and this season was given the number six squad number by current head coach Aitor Karanka.

Gibson won a starting place against Birmingham on Saturday though it was a case of blink and you’ll miss him as he came off just a minute in with a hamstring strain.

But despite the pain of injury, he now has the pleasure of a long contract at his hometown team.

“It’s fantastic for me and my family,” he told the club’s website.

“I’ve made no secret about how much I love the club.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here from the first time I walked in when I was 10 years old.

“It’s been the club I’ve supported and the one that I’ve ended up playing for.

“To sign such a long contract shows the gaffer’s trust in me and the club’s trust in me.”