Gilks: A vital meeting but we really do care

Blackpool's Matthew Gilks
Blackpool's Matthew Gilks
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Matt Gilks says the meeting of players to discuss a letter from Blackpool’s fans “needed to be done”.

The keeper is Pool’s longest- serving player and has seen the good and bad of life at Bloomfield Road.

Gilks has been a vocal part of the Seasiders dressing room this week and it was good to hear a few of his team-mates say their piece before training yesterday.

“It needed to be done really,” said Gilks.

“I’ve done me fair share of talking myself in recent weeks and I’m glad a couple more stood up and said what they think.

“We were informed about a letter we received and they were right to do that.

“They come and watch the club, and were right to ask questions. It’s up to us now.

“As a club we all take responsibility for what’s happening at the moment.”

The letter, which questioned the players’ commitment to the club, was read out by skipper Gary MacKenzie before training yesterday.

While Gilks agrees he and his team-mates can perform better, he insisted the players’ commitment shouldn’t be questioned.

He added: “I’ve never met a player in my career who doesn’t care.

“It’s time we all stood up to be counted but of course we care. We all have to take responsibility, from the chairman right down to the people at the bottom.

“It’s very important for this club’s survival. There have been a lot of changes this season but it’s down to us now.

“We are very privileged in what we do but it’s a job at the end of the day.

“We all have bills to pay and mortgages, so even for that it’s important we do well.

“People who think we all earn tens of thousands of pounds are wrong.

“I’m very thankful for the career I have.”

The 31-year-old, who arrived at Bloomfield Road from Norwich in 2008, is one of many who are out of contract in the summer.

And the Pool no.1 says everyone is playing for their futures.

“It’s up to the players to impress to get another contract. There are a lot of us out of contract at the end of the season,” he said.

“With the backing of the fans who come every week we can turn this around.

“There’s no other outcome. It has to be turned around and we are more than willing to do everything we can.

“We have 15 points to play for and we could still end up mid-table.

“There’s nothing more to be said now.

“It’s down to the players to go and get three points.”