The Liberty Stadium

Next Game

Swansea v Burnley

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 1 - 3 Chelsea

Monday, 18 August 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Gilks: Right time to move on

Matt Gilks admits he felt the time was right to leave Blackpool after making a switch to newly-promoted Burnley.

Last Updated: 03/07/14 at 20:22 Post Comment

Matt Gilks: Felt the time was right to leave Blackpool

Matt Gilks: Felt the time was right to leave Blackpool

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Gilks has penned a two-year deal at Turf Moor after turning down the offer of a new contract with Blackpool – the club he joined from Norwich City in 2008.

The 32-year-old, who made 182 league appearances during his time with the Seasiders, collected the club’s Player of the Year award for his displays last season and new boss Jose Riga was said to be keen to keep hold of him.

Gilks was the last remaining member of the squad from Blackpool’s 2010/11 Premier League campaign, but he says that he is now ready for a new challenge.

"The move was mentioned at the end of last season. I think I wanted to move on. I had three brilliant years under Ian Holloway," he told the Blackpool Gazette.

"What we achieved was fantastic, but I realised I was due for a change and probably the club did too.

"I spoke to several other clubs but when I got a call from Burnley things quickly escalated from there."

Burnely suffered relegation after just one season in the top-flight the last time they played at that level - in 2009/10, and Gilks acknowledged the size of the task now facing Sean Dyche’s side.

He said: "Hopefully Burnley can stay in the Premier League this time. I don’t live too far away, so the locality is great for me.

"And when you have Chelsea and Manchester United at home in your first three games, you know you have to be right on it from day one. But I know I’ve had a good off-season and will be ready to go."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

England boss Roy Hodgson sets his sights on winning Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has put England's awful World Cup display behind him and has set his sights on winning Euro 2016.

Malky Mackay apologises for offensive texts while Cardiff manager

Malky Mackay has issued an official apology for sending offensive text messages during his time as Cardiff manager.

Dutch Eredivisie: Ajax v PSV preview

Ajax hope to steal a march on title rivals PSV when the two sides clash at the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday, live on Sky.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property