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Gilks: Staying In The Game

Posted: Thu 18 Jul 2013
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Goalkeeper On Adapting To New Training Methods

Matt Gilks says he is enjoying the incorporation of Yoga and Pilates into pre-season training, realising that it could well help prolong his playing career.

The 31-year-old will be embarking upon his sixth season with The Seasiders in August and admits that as he gets older he needs to look after his body more and adapt to new training techniques.

“We came back about a week or ten days sooner than a lot of clubs and we’ve gradually worked our way into it rather than going flat out straight away,” said Gilks.

“As you get older you look after yourself a lot more differently. I take on board now that everything is said. 

“We do Yoga at the club, which is great for me. I take on my supplements and keep my painkillers going when I need them.”

The shot-stopper has played under his fair share of managers in his time at the club and as he has become older and wiser, has learnt to take as much advice as possible from various coaches.

“The game has advanced so much and we have had that many managers in my time here that I will end up taking a bit of advice from each manager on board to help ultimately to become a better player.

“As you get older you realise how tactics and awareness come into the game massively, whereas when you’re younger you play on adrenaline. At this level it is a lot more tactical.

“You do look after yourself as you get older because you need to prolong your career. When I was a kid it was a harsh upbringing in football and sometimes I carry that over into what I’m doing these days.”

Gilks is intent on keeping his fitness as well as helping The Seasiders to battle at the top end of the table in the coming season.

“There is a belief here though and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be pushing for play-offs or promotion. 

“If we can build a squad that can push for that then there is no reason why we shouldn’t do it.

“It’s superb. The fans come and watch us and they’ve obviously liked what they’ve seen over the past few years. 

“Obviously the Premier League year was sold out every week and a lot of them have stayed on, which is great to see,” added the keeper.