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Mixed Emotions For Gilks

6 May 2014

Keeper On Award Wins and Season

Matt Gilks was pleased to collect the Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards on Sunday evening, on the back of what he described as a 'difficult season'. 

The 31-year-old featured in all 46 of Blackpool's Championship fixtures so was in a good position to reflect on the campaign as a whole.

His penalty save at Wigan earlier this month proved vital in keeping The Seasiders up, although he's unsure whether that swung the voting.

"Everybody kind of said it was the save of the season but over 46 games I can't really see how one save can really define that. I'm just doing my bit for the team, it's a squad game and thankfully that day we had Andy Keogh and Stephen Dobbie to score the goals that got us the victory," he said.

"I'm obviously delighted with the awards. It has been a difficult season, it's not been a good one for myself or the football club really but we did achieve our Championship status in the end, which is what we all wanted."

Pulling no punches in his acceptance speeches, Gilks was quick to highlight the change in characters at the club over the past 12 months.

"I've always been one that if you ask me a question you're going to get an honest answer," he said. "People might think that I said a few things about the chairman to make it easier for me to get a contract, or to leave on his good side. At the end of the day, I'm just being honest. I know how I work and how this football club works and we shouldn't have had a season like we did this year.

"We did let a lot of good people go - I've said that before - and I do mean good people, not just good players but good people who understood how this football club worked. To replace them was difficult as players, but as people was even more difficult," he admitted.

Set to be a free agent come July, Gilks now plans to take a break before finalising any discussions about his future.

"I'm going to turn my phone off for a couple of weeks and let my agent do the talking so we'll see what happens. Nobody has spoken to me at Blackpool yet about my future but I'm going to give my body time to have a rest," he added.

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