Matt’s so proud to lead out Pool

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Matt Gilks has revealed how proud he is to have been given the chance to captain the Seasiders

The keeper could make his final appearance in a Pool shirt tomorrow as he lines up against Charlton Athletic.

The 31-year-old’s contract runs out this summer and although it’s expected he’ll be offered a new deal, his future remains very much in the air.

He was recently handed the captain’s armband by stand-in boss Barry Ferguson, something he’s clearly pleased with.

“Believe it or not I’m really proud to be Blackpool’s captain,” he said.

“For me it should have happened at the start of the season, but that’s just me being me. I suppose you could say I have respect from the lads, they come to me with their problems.

“I’ve added a huddle before the games and it’s good to be able to help the lads.”

Blackpool go into tomorrow’s game (kick-off 12.15pm) knowing a point will be enough to avoid relegation.

The Seasiders would only be relegated if they lose and Millwall, Doncaster and Birmingham all win.

Pool went into last weekend’s game at Wigan in the bottom three, but now have control of their own future.

Gilks added: “It’s good that it’s all down to us now.

“Saturday’s win gave us a little bit of breathing space, but the job isn’t done yet.

“Charlton will be a difficult game tomorrow, thankfully it’s at home.

“It’s always been about what we do.

“It’s took us a while to realise we have it in us, the ability to come away and win games.

“On Saturday Wigan had their moments, but we scored two great goals and I can’t be prouder of the lads.

“It’s been about digging deep at this stage, and that’s what we’ve done.”

It was a real team effort at Wigan last weekend, with 3,600 fans making the trip to the DW Stadium to cheer the Seasiders on. The atmosphere at Bloomfield Road hasn’t been the best of late, with protests dominating the last home game against Burnley.

But Gilks hopes for a good end to the season.

“The support on Saturday was superb, if that can be replicated tomorrow then we’ll get over the line,” he said.

“We have one game to go. Let’s get over the line then we can all relax, have a drink and look forward to next season.”