Goalkeeper Aims To Build On Performances Last SeasonMatt Gilks believes that he still has plenty to prove as he prepares for another season at Bloomfield Road.
The 30-year-old, who has now been at the club for four years, celebrated his best campaign between the sticks last season when he was named Players' Player of the Year.
Yet the goalkeeper feels that he still has plenty more to offer as he enters what are deemed the peak years in his position.
"I've still got a lot to prove, I feel as I'm getting older I'm getting better," he said. "I've come back in great shape and I've worked really hard over the summer. I've still got a lot of points to prove to myself more than anyone else. Hopefully I can keep the consistency that I showed last season."
Gilks has reported back for pre-season training feeling fresh, with all thoughts of Wembley disappointment now put to the back of his mind.
"After the result of the play-offs, regardless of whether we'd have won or lost, the lads needed a rest because it had been a tough season. You always need time off to let your body prepare for a new season and hopefully the lads have had a good break.
"We've not lost many key players, if at all. We've obviously lost Brett unfortunately to Wrexham but it's great that we've been able to keep the squad together.
"We can hit the ground running because we know what each other does and obviously the manager has come back full of his enthusiasm. Hopefully we can get off to a flyer.
"I think ultimately our aim this year is to go up automatically, and I think we can learn a few things from last season as a club, as people, management and staff. This season we can put those things right," he added.