Gibson announces retirement

Gibson announces retirement

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Former Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls and Newcastle Thunder back Ashley Gibson has announced his retirement from the game.

The 34-year-old made his debut for the Rhinos in 2005, and scored a hat-trick on his debut against Leigh Centurions. However, injuries and competition meant he could not get a regular first team place.

As a result, he moved to Salford, ahead of the 2010 season. Whilst there, he scored 43 tries in 87 games, before moving back to West Yorkshire with Castleford Tigers.

Whilst there, he helped the team to within one match of the League Leaders Shield in 2014, as well as the Challenge Cup Final. He would join Wakefield Trinity a year later.

In two years, he would only make 12 appearances for Trinity, scoring five tries. He then moved on to Championship side Bradford Bulls.

Gibson would spend three years at the Bulls, with 2018 being his most productive. A frustrating season in 2019, which saw make only three league appearances, resulted in him moving on.

He had signed for Newcastle Thunder ahead of the 2020 season, scoring three tries in four games before the season was voided.

In a tweet, Gibson revealed he had recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and this prompted his decision to retire.

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