Goalkeeper Matt Gilks - Burnley FC
Burnley sign goalkeeper Matt Gilks from Blackpool
Burnley have signed Scotland international goalkeeper Matt Gilks on a two-year deal after he reached the end of his contract at Blackpool.
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Matt Gilks has been involved with Mick since a serious injury late 2010 and joined Mick's SeedofSpeed coaching program.
Training Matt during his rehab Mick has played a major part on his journey back to full fitness. In July 2012 Matt reached the level of fitness needed to rejoin the Blackpool Football Club First Team for pre-season training for the start of the 2012-2013 season.
At the time, Matt commented - "Just done my last session with Mick Clegg before I go back to work Monday and would like to say huge thank you for getting me ready for preseason and indeed the season ahead." Matt Gilks
2000 - 2007 Rochdale
2007 - 2008 Norwich
2008 - 2014 Blackpool
2014 - Now Burnley
2011/12 English League Championship
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Matt Gilks Domestic Career
Matthew Gilks was born in Rochdale born on 4 June 1982. Matt joined his hometown club Rochdale A.F.C. at 13. In March 2000 he was promoted, and eventually joined the first team, becoming a regular in the team. By the time he was 24 he he had become the longest-serving player at Rochdale making a total of 198 appearances for the club in league and cup competitions.
When his contract with Rochdale expired in July 2007 he moved on a free transfer to Norwich City, signing a two-year contract with Championship club. He spent most of the 2007-2008 season on the bench, and receiving a ligament injury in November 2007 (twisting his ankle in training) things didn't look good for the promising goalkeeper.
Without making an appearance for the team, in the summer of 2008 Matt transferred to another Championship club, Blackpool. On 12 August 2008 he finally made a debut first team appearance against Macclesfield Town which ended in a 2–0 League Cup defeat.
Still struggling to break into the first team squad, on 21 November he signed for League Two club Shrewsbury Town on a month's loan due to an injury crisis at the club. He made 3 appearances for the club, his final appearance a 1–0 defeat to Grimsby Town on 13 December. He then returned to Blackpool.
Matt's break finally came when Simon Grayson, Blackpool manager left the club in late December 2008, and was replaced by caretaker manager Tony Parkes. Matt was suddenly placed on the bench as a substitute. Although unused at first, finally on 31 January 2009 he made his league debut for Blackpool. Paul Rachubka was sent off three minutes into the match against Crystal Palace and went on to a 1-0 win.
Starting the 2009 season he made his first League Cup appearance on 22 September 2009 saving a penalty kick in the 4–3 defeat to Stoke City. On 17 October 2009 he made his first league start in the 2–0 win over Plymouth Argyle. Keeping three consecutive "clean sheets" following his performance in Blackpool's 0-0 draw with Swansea City on 24 October, Matt was named in The Championship "Team of the Week". He went on to save a penalty kick in the 2–0 home win over Middlesbrough on 16 February 2010.
He was named Man of the Match on 6 March 2010 after a 1–0 home win over Ipswich Town which was his 200th career Football League appearance. He was also named again in The Championship "Team of the Week", after keeping four clean sheet in five games. It was an incredible achievement for for the club
On 22 May 2010 Blackpool was promoted to the Premiership League after a hard fought game at Wembley against a strong Cardiff side. Even though Cardiff were the favourite, Blackpool ended up winning 3-2 and the club went up to the Premiership for the first time in 40 years, a fantastic achievement for the Lancashire club.
During the November 2010 match against West Ham United Matt suffered a knee cap injury that kept him out of the remaining 2010–11 campaign on rehabilitation.
Finally on 16 April 2011 he made his return to the first team , in a home defeat to Wigan Athletic. It was unfortunate that at the end of the 2011 season Blackpool was relegated from the Premier League back the Championship but Matt decided to stay with the club and in July 2012 he signed a new two-year contract with the club.
Matt Gilks - International Career
In 2010 CRAIG Levein, the national team manager, confirmed the Blackpool goalkeeper was under consideration for a call-up for the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Gilks qualifies to represent Scotland through his Scottish grandmother, from Perth, and has been on the radar of Levein and the Scotland goalkeeping coach, Jim Stewart, since the previous season. At the time Levein said about Matt - “He is one we became aware of a while ago and have kept track of his progress,” “Obviously he was a key figure in Blackpool’s promotion to the Barclays Premier League and while I will not name my squad until tomorrow, he is one I think we need to take a closer look at." “He comes highly recommended, is playing regularly for his club and the next logical step is for our goalkeeping coach to work closely with him".
On the 24th August 2010 Matt finally received the international call-up he was waiting for and was proud to join the Scotland Team for the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifiers.
Matt Gilks Wins Five Awards
On Monday 21 May 2012 walked away with the Players' Player, BSA Player, Yorkshire Seasiders' Player, Gazette Player and Community Player of the Year Awards. Matt Gilks hailed his amazing turnaround at Bloomfield Road after scooping the five prizes at the club's end of season awards night. Enduring a difficult first 12 months at the club, Matt has gone from strength to strength in his last three seasons.
Matt told the official website. "It was definitely unexpected, nobody would have thought this four years ago when I joined the club. I thought everything and everyone was against me but we've got a manager that showed some faith in me. I knew I always had the ability but he gave me my chance and I'll be eternally grateful for that. I seem to be getting better as I get older and that's down to George Wood as well. What he's brought to my game this year nobody else has done. The awards I've won are partly down to him."
Manager Ian Holloway and goalkeeping coach George Wood both came in for praise as Gilks capped off his career transformation at Blackpool.
Matt featured in a video interview special for Goalkeeper Magazine in 201
You can view the interview HERE