LEWIS GIBBENS SIGNS FOR BOSTON UNITED
GIBBENS ARRIVES ON PERMANENT BASIS
Friday, 14th August 2020
bostonunited.co.uk, BY CRAIG SINGLETON
Boston United have added to their defensive ranks by signing former Mansfield Town centre-half Lewis Gibbens. The 20-year-old is no stranger to life under manager Craig Elliott, having already spent two loan spells with the Pilgrims in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Gibbens has now linked up with United on a permanent basis ahead of their move to the Jakemans Community Stadium.
Elliott said: “I am delighted that Lewis has decided to sign for Boston United because obviously it’s a big decision for him to leave full-time football. I have watched him a lot over the past few seasons and I feel he will go from strength-to-strength by playing games and I have no doubt he has the right characteristics to one day go back into the EFL. He will give us great balance as a left-footed centre-back and I am really excited to sign a talented young player who wants to keep improving and be successful.”
Former Mansfield Town defender Lewis Gibbens returns to Boston United
Youngster signs a one-year deal...
By Duncan Browne
Friday, 14th August 2020
Lewis Gibbens is back at Boston United after signing a one-year deal with the Pilgrims.
The defender, who can play as a left back or central defender, has linked up with Craig Elliott for as third time, following two loan spells during his time with Mansfield Town.
Gibbens, 20, made eight appearances in the 2018-19 campaign, scoring in the 5-4 won at Guiseley, returning last season to feature in two further contests.
He was the Stags’ youth player of the season as he helped them win the 2017-18 EFL Youth Alliance North East Division title.
He made his Mansfield debut in August 2018 against Macclesfield Town.
Lewis Gibbens leaves Mansfield Town with memories he will 'treasure forever'
chad.co.uk, By Duncan Browne, Wednesday, 19th August 2020
The 20-year-old defender is looking to put his nightmare season behind him with regular football at National League North outfit Boston United.
The Stags offered Gibbens a short-term deal, but the Leicester-based youngster wants to gain the first-team experience he believes will help him one day return to the Football League.
"My aim's always to prove myself in men's football. I've played reserve team football and I want to do well in the men's game," said Gibbens, who has had two previous loan spells at York Street.
"It's also that stability I need because of how football's going because of the pandemic."
Gibbens' two loan spells at Boston were both cut short by injury, his first due to a shoulder injury at Spennymoor Town in the 2018-19 campaign
Last season, his time was ended early by a groin injury picked up in the FA Cup victory at Hednesford Town which left him sidelined.
"I had a tough season last season and (the move will) help me develop this year," he continued.
"When I got injured in the Boston game I didn't manage to play or train again that season with the lockdown coming.
"I had two operations on my groin and when I was ready to come back lockdown happened."
While Gibbens is looking forward to his new challenge, he admits he will miss life at Mansfield.
"It's one of them where I've come through the academy system,” he said.
"They took me in from Sunday League football. It was the first proper academy i'd been involved in.
"The coaches and staff were great with me and they gave me the opportunity to make my professional debut and play in cup competitions with the first team, which I'll treasure forever.
"It just felt right to move.
"The opportunities for first team football at Mansfield may have been a bit more slim and it's time for me to show what I can do as a player and as a person.
"I wouldn't rule out a move back to the Football League, it's a dream for any kid."
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