Ben Gibson confident Plymouth Argyle will improve

Ben Gibson
Ben Gibson is the nephew of Middlesborough chairman Steve

Plymouth Argyle's on-loan defender Ben Gibson says the club can turn around their poor form.

Middlesborough youngster Gibson, 18, signed an extension to his loan deal at Home Park earlier this week.

"We're only looking up and to get out of the relegation zone and the battle that we face," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"We believe not only can we get out of the relegation zone, but that we can climb the table, get to mid-table and even look towards the play-offs."

Gibson says the atmosphere around the club has changed since James Brent completed his takeover last week and brought Argyle out of administration.

"If you're not getting paid it's hard to keep your mind on the work in front of you," said Gibson.

"Now that's sort of gone, there's no money issues. All the players can focus on playing football and climbing the table."

The England youth international has played 13 times for Argyle this season after making his Boro debut as a first half substitute against Coventry in the Championship in April.

And Gibson believes that his time at Home Park will help further his career at the Riverside.

"To play regular first-team football is another step up and it's something I've really enjoyed and it's something I want to get more of, hence the reason I've stayed here," he added.

"They've said 'go out, get some experience and we'll go from there once you come back'.

"I've got a couple of years left there (at Middlesborough), so hopefully I'll do well for Plymouth Argyle and help us get out of this sticky situation and look to break into that team as and when I go back."