Man of the year fears for fans

Matt Gilks
Matt Gilks

Matt Gilks said he understands the frustration of Blackpool supporters as he thanked them for voting him player of the season.

The 31-year-old keeper, who won The Gazette’s annual poll, was an ever-present in 2013-14, making a host of crucial saves and ending the season as captain.

After six seasons at Bloomfield Road, Gilks is out of contract this summer and it is uncertain whether he will accept the new deal the club is set to offer.

Whether he remains or not, Gilks hopes next season will be much better for Pool, who survived in the Championship by just two points.

He told The Gazette: “I understand it’s been a very difficult and frustrating season for all the supporters.

“They’ve paid good money to come and watch us play, when it’s not been nice or pretty. But thankfully we managed to turn it around at the end and stayed up. That’s what it’s all about.

“Hopefully everyone at the club can get themselves sorted in the summer and make sure this sort of season never happens again.”

As for his award, presented by Seasiders writer William Watt at Sunday’s end-of-season dinner, the Scotland international said: “It’s always great to win an award and I thank all The Gazette’s readers who voted for me. I probably have a few more fans than I have critics ... and I have plenty of them!

“But it’s fantastic to get recognised and this means a lot to me, knowing it’s voted for by the fans.”