Top-four still Tigers’ target, says Gibson

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Ashley Gibson says Castleford Tigers will not let their early season form fall away.

The West Yorkshire club were Super League leaders after a stunning start but have lost consecutive games inside the last week.

Castleford were pipped 29-28 at Huddersfield Giants last Sunday and then went down 22-14 to current table-toppers Leeds Rhinos on Thursday.

But centre Gibson said: “I think we can stay in the top-four.

“We have shown we can compete with the top teams.

“We have lost a few games, but there hasn’t been that many points in any of them.”

He began his career at Leeds, coming through the academy ranks before making his senior debut in 2005.

Gibson joined the then-Salford City Reds ahead of the 2010 season before returning across the Pennines to Castleford at the end of last year.

When he signed Tigers were heading for 12th place in Super League and he did not expect to be playing for a side now competing for the title.

Gibson, 27, said: “It has been Daryl Powell’s quality coaching.

“He is getting the best out of everyone.

“Everyone’s doing their job. We have lost a couple of games, but we’ll learn from those.

“We’ve Wakefield at Magic Weekend next Sunday which will be a big game.

“I played in the Magic Weekend last year, for Salford and it is an awesome event.

“It will be good against Wakefield, if selected.

“I am really loving it at Cas. I have a bit of a hindered start with a couple of injuries, but the last few weeks I have really been enjoying it, since I made my debut,” he said.

“To play in big games – against Warrington and my old club Leeds – has been pretty good and I am enjoying being back in West Yorkshire.”