I could be in a career with much greater prospects, financially and otherwise what most would consider more rewarding, than the career I'm in right now. I could have stayed in London doing a job I didn't find that interesting with people and money that was good that could have probably set me up nicely by now.
But I'm not driven by those things. It sounds to me like Gibson isn't driven by wanting to just play at the highest level, he wants to do it with us and only us. I suspect if I was in his position, I'd feel exactly the same. Times can be up and down at your hometown club but it's your club and always will be and if you could influence the fortunes of your club, perhaps that's worth more to you than playing in the Premier League at a mid-table side or even beyond.
So if you ask if it's a good move for him, it's entirely in the context of his own mindset and beliefs. If he's driven by wanting to play for this club and this club alone, and helping us achieve the things he wants to achieve as an individual, then it's the only move he should want to make. A lot of footballers pursue this mercenary-style career where success is determined by the level you play at and competitions you win but it doesn't mean his own career isn't a success in his own eyes if he doesn't want to pursue that.
Yeah that's a good point, maybe a move here until the summer wouldn't be disastrous for his career. It would give him a chance to play regularly and get his form and fitness back.
I just think he's capable of playing at the top level if he gets himself back to where he was a few years ago. I'm not sure if that would happen with us but maybe he's happy taking that risk if it allows him to move home.
He's a Boro fan too, he'll have those rose tinted glasses on as well.
But taking the question at face value, I think he's got far more chance of cementing a starting place here than he does at the top of the Championship Leeds or Fulham.
Burnley have completely derailed his career, he needs to be playing games week in week out whatever the future holds for him.