Castleford Tigers have signed Salford City Reds centre Ashley Gibson on a two-year contract.
It will be a return to Yorkshire for Leeds-born Gibson, who can play as either left or right centre or as a winger and will join the Tigers when his deal with the City Reds expires at the end of the current season.
The 26-year-old joined Salford ahead of the 2010 season from Leeds Rhinos after making 32 appearances for his hometown team. Gibson has since gone on to score 54 tries in a total of 111 Super League career matches and he’s looking forward to getting started with his new team.
“I’m chuffed to sign for Castleford Tigers,” Gibson said after completing the deal.
“When my manager came to me saying that Cas were interested in me I was over the moon.
“There were a couple of other offers, but I wanted to be playing my rugby close to home so it’s a great opportunity for me in Castleford.
“I want to do the best that I can for the club and try to finish as high as we can in the table.
“Castleford’s recent form has shown everybody what they can do so I’m happy that I’m going to be a part of that.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Ashley is a player that I have rated since I coached at Leeds when he was a young player coming through the system.
“He is a versatile and skilful player with a great attitude and his signing further strengthens the quality and depth in our squad for next season.”
Castleford take on Gibson’s current side in the last home match of the season on Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm) and under 16s can watch the match for free.
Under 16s who wish to attend the match can collect a ticket from the club’s Carlton Lanes shop or if they are associated with a community club they should contact community and trust manager Alex Green by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Adults and other concessions can also save money on their tickets by buying in advance of the game and save £2 on matchday prices.