Gilks set to stay at Pool

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MATT Gilks may not be leaving Blackpool after all – The Gazette understands the keeper is in fresh talks about signing a new deal.

The 29-year-old had been widely expected to depart Bloomfield Road after his contract ran out at the end of last season.

Gilks made public comments criticising the way the club is run, pinpointing a lack of facilities and staff.

That seemed to signal a definite end to his Seasiders career.

But six weeks later, Gilks has yet to find another club and the signals are that he could be ready to sign terms at Pool.

Despite being the focus of the keeper’s criticism, chairman Karl Oyston will have no problem welcoming Gilks back into the fold.

And with Paul Rachubka and Richard Kingson released at the end of the Premier League season, keeping Gilks would be a huge boost, especially for manager Ian Holloway, who has made no secret of his desire to keep as many players from last season as possible.

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