Pool face race to keep Gilks

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Blackpool are hoping to beat off competition from Watford to secure the signing of Matt Gilks.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper cleaned up at the Seasiders’ Player of the Year dinner last month and played a huge part in the club avoiding relegation.

Gilks is now out of contract and has been offered the chance to follow defender Craig Cathcart to Championship rivals Watford, as well as two League One clubs.

However, The Gazette understands Gilks was at Bloomfield Road yesterday to hold face-to-face talks with chairman Karl Oyston before meeting manager Jose Riga.

Gilks was an ever-present last season and captained the side in the final four games, making a vital penalty save during the 2-0 win at Wigan which ultimately kept Pool up.

Signed from Norwich, the Scotland international has spent the past six seasons at Pool and was part of Ian Holloway’s side which won promotion to the Premier League in 2010.

It’s believed the Rochdale-born stopper is keen to extend his stay with the club and has been offered a deal which would keep him at Bloomfield Road for at least another two years.

New Pool boss Jose Riga is enjoying his first full week in charge – but he is doing so in silence.

The new manager has so far been unavailable for interview by the media as he concentrates on building his squad for the coming season.

It’s believed he spoke with at least one potential member of his coaching staff yesterday.