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Big Ben Chimes In At Turf Moor

Central defender Ben Gibson is first signing of the summer

5 August 2018

Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of defender Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough.

Gibson has agreed a four-year-deal at Turf Moor after Burnley paid a joint club record fee for the centre-back, who becomes Burnley’s first signing of the summer transfer window.

The deal sees Gibson, 25, return to the Premier League after playing the 2016/17 season in the top-flight with Middlesbrough.

The previous season, the former England under-21 international had helped Boro win promotion from the Championship behind title-winners Burnley.

Teesside-born Gibson – nephew of Boro chairman Steve – came through the youth ranks at the Riverside Stadium and made his senior debut as a substitute in a Championship fixture in April, 2011.

He then spent the following season out on loan with Plymouth Argyle and York City to gain first-team experience in League Two and the National League, helping York win promotion to the Football League and lift the FA Trophy at Wembley.

Gibson then joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for the 2012/13 campaign, playing 28 League One games before returning to Boro to feature in their final Championship game of the season.

The 2013/14 season saw Gibson establish himself as a first-team player with Middlesbrough before he helped his hometown club reach the Championship play-off final the following season.

Aitor Karanka’s side was beaten at Wembley in 2015/16, with Gibson a key player, they ended a seven-season absence from the Premier League by following the Clarets up to the top tier.

It proved only a one-season stay for Boro, but Gibson proved his Premier League credentials as an ever-present and one of the side’s top performers to earn a first call-up to the full England squad for a World Cup qualifier in March, 2017.

He then missed only one game as Boro, with Gibson as captain, reached the Championship play-off semi-finals last season and now gets the chance to return to Premier League football – and potentially play in Europe for the first time – with the Clarets.

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