Gilks impressed by Tangerine talent

Matt Gilks makes a finger tip save in the win over Hull.
Matt Gilks makes a finger tip save in the win over Hull.
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MATT Gilks reckons the Seasiders’ new-found tag as Championship big-boys has helped them land big players.

The keeper is delighted at the impact Kevin Phillips and Barry Ferguson have made and says their arrival proves the club is pushing for bigger and better things.

“You look at someone like Phillips and you just think, ‘What a fantastic signing’,” said Gilks, who is hoping to make his Scotland debut in tonight’s friendly against Denmark at Hampden Park.

“He is a proven goalscorer with a proven track-record and I think he can still do a job at this level. There is no doubt he will notch a few goals for us this season.

“It just shows how far this club has come when we can attract players like Kevin and Barry Ferguson. Over the last 12 months the profile of Blackpool FC has gone through the roof and people actually want to come and join this group of lads.”

Team-mate Keith Southern has also given Phillips the thumbs-up. The 38-year-old lasted the full 90 minutes at Hull, not that Southern is surprised.

He said: “You don’t play at the level he has for so long without looking after yourself and he is in fantastic nick.

Even at 38, he’s not got an ounce of body fat on him.

“Kevin is a fantastic lad and a fantastic player. He has so much experience. He’s been there and done it.

“We have struggled so far to get him into the game really, but the longer we play together the better it will be. Give him a chance and he’ll score. We just have to put the ball in the right area.”

Phillips will be given the night off at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow but will face Peterborough on Sunday.