New signing Ben Gibson can’t wait to pull on the claret and blue and return to the big stage with Burnley.
Gibson ended an outstanding spell with hometown club Middlesbrough to become the Clarets’ joint record buy when he signed a four-year contract at Turf Moor today.
And the central defender is now ready to start a new chapter of his career, which will take him back to the Premier League and potentially into Europe.
“I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a big step for me. I’ve played for Middlesbrough for 15 years since I was a boy so it’s a huge step and one I’m really, really excited about,” Gibson told Clarets Player HD.
“I’ve been to the training ground and met a few of the boys and the place seems like it’s certainly a club that’s on the up and certainly a club to be excited about playing for.
“There’s a good feel about the place. Burnley is a club that recently has had some fantastic success and I’ve had some great battles against them myself and I’m looking forward to wearing their colours.
“Now it’s done and dusted I just want to get cracked on and fight to win my place in the team and get to know the boys and be very much part of what’s happening.
“This move and this club has given me the opportunity to ply my trade at the highest level and hopefully in the Europa League, so it’s fantastic opportunity for me and my family.
“We are very proud to be here and I just can’t wait to get started.”
After starting out in the club’s Academy, Gibson, 25, went on to captain Boro and make over 200 appearances for the Teessiders, as well as earning a senior England call-up in 2017.
He enjoyed one season in the Premier League during his time at the Riverside Stadium and returns to the top-flight with Burnley, looking to help Sean Dyche’s side build on their progress since they went up from the Championship with Middlesbrough in 2016.
“The measure of a fantastic team is not to do something once, but to repeat that time and time again,” Gibson added.
“I know that’s what Sir Alex Ferguson said about Manchester United.
“Sean Dyche and the team and everyone here did such a fantastic job last year in finishing seventh and qualifying for the Europa League. Let’s hope this is a real, real good chapter in Burnley’s history and this is just the start of things to come.”