Ashley Gibson was born in Leeds. He began his career with Stanningley SARCL before Super League side, Leeds Rhinos signed the winger in 2005.
He made his debut for the Rhinos in round 23 of the 2005 SL season when he came on as a substitute. He scored an astonishing hat-trick of tries in a game which saw Leeds defeat Leigh Centurions 74-0. Even more astonishing, was that Gibson didn’t play again for Leeds in the Super league until round 10 of the following season. The youngster missed out on the 2005 Grand Final between Leeds and Bradford.
In 2006 Gibson made nine starting appearances for the Rhinos and one more as a substitute. He scored four tries in total in a season were Leeds slipped to 3rd place in the SL table. He was in the England federation Shield Squad who won the trophy in Tonga that year. Gibson played in all four matches.
2007 was marked with another impressive hat-trick for Gibson but his efforts were in vain as Leeds lost the game 22-20 against Hull KR. He featured in 8 more SL games that season and failed to score in any of them. Leeds defeated St Helens 33-6 in the Grand Final that year to take the championship but again, Gibson failed to feature in the final.
Due to a few injuries in 2008 including a hamstring injury which came in April that year, Gibson missed out on nearly all of Leeds’ super League games, including another Grand Final. Leeds won the title back to back. This time they defeated the Saints less convincingly, 24-16. Gibson did manage to make two appearances, one of which he marked with a try in a 54-12 victory over Castleford.
2009 wasn’t much better for him as he made only 10 appearances for the Rhinos in the Super league, five of which came from the bench. Leeds went on to beat St Helens in the Grand Final for the third year running – yet another final which Gibson made no appearance.
Struggling with injury and game time at Leeds, it was time for Gibson to make a change. He got his opportunity when Salford City reds expressed an interest prior to the 2010 Super league season. The move paid dividends for the Winger turned Centre as he made his Super League appearance record with the Reds with 27 games (only two as sub). He scored 11 tries and although his new team only finished in 12th, it was arguably Gibson’s best year to that date as an individual.