Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Gilks Plays Hardball Over Contract

Gilks Plays Hardball Over Contract

Earlier in the week I published an editorial looking at Matt Gilks' rise and rise since last summer.

This afternoon however, there was a twist in the tale as Blackpool manager Ian Holloway revealed that Gilks is refusing to speak to the club about extending his contract which expires in the summer.

Despite promotion to the Premier League, Gilks is known to be on a very low salary comparatively, and whilst there is certainly scope for the Seasiders to offer him a large wage increase, his refusal to speak to the club about a new deal coupled with his current form presents the very real fear that he could leave for nothing in the summer to a team prepared to pay him much more.

The one trump card that the Seasiders do hold however is that Gilks is guarenteed first team football at Bloomfield Road and might not be elsewhere, and given that he nearly quit the game last summer because of a lack of first team opportunities you would imagine that that would be a large factor in any future contract he signs.

Revealing the situation in his pre-match interview ahead of Sunday's game with Manchester City, Ian Holloway said:

'Matt is out of contract next summer and at the moment that is something he wants to be.

'If I can't nail him down I'll have to find someone else and I've got till January to try and convince him to stay, because he can sign a pre-contract somewhere else in January.

'At the end of the day he is also running the risk that he could break a leg or an arm and he might not have a job, so that is the gamble you take.

'Matt probably feels a bit aggrieved with how much he is on.

'I've asked him to leave me a message giving me a figure on how much he wants. At the moment he won't, so we will suck it and see.

Whether Gilks is simply playing hardball or genuinally wants to cash in on his rise by leaving Bloomfield Road we will simply have to wait and see.

One thing's for sure though; if we continue to play in the manner that we have been, then we better all be prepared for the risk of losing our better players.

Hopefully in this instance though, Ollie can convince the ever improving Gilks that his futures lies with the Seasiders.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Friday October 15 2010
Time: 7:01PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Stats: Barnsley v Blackpool

All the stats from Barnsley (1) vs (2) Blackpool, Oakwell, 17/1/17 Att: 5558

Barnsley v Blackpool - Team Sheets

Blackpool go to Oakwell as the visitors to Barnsley for the latest FA Cup game.

Riley Explains Postponements

It doesn't happen often in the Premier League or Championship thesedays, but League's 1 & 2 still suffer the odd postponement owing to the weather and Mike Riley...

Vital Preview - FA Cup, 17th-18th January 2017

The 2016-17 FA Cup season continues with the third round replays this midweek. We'll be taking part with the aim of continuing our progress in this world famous competition.

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA Cup - Barnsley MotM
Suggested By:
Slocombe0%
Mellor0%
Aldred50%
Aimson0%
Taylor0%
Robertson0%
Payne0%
McAlister0%
Pugh0%
Cullen0%
Vassell0%
Sub - Osayi-Samuel50%
Sub - Philliskirk0%
Sub - Yeates0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 26 17 4 5 55 19
2 Plymouth 25 16 3 6 51 14
3 Carlisle 26 12 11 3 47 11
4 Portsmouth 26 13 6 7 45 14
5 Wycombe 25 12 6 7 42 6
6 Luton 25 11 8 6 41 13
7 Colchester 26 11 7 8 40 10
8 Cambridge 25 11 6 8 39 9
9 Barnet 26 10 9 7 39 0
10 Exeter 25 11 3 11 36 9
11 Grimsby 26 10 6 10 36 2
12 Blackpool 25 9 8 8 35 11
13 Crawley 25 10 5 10 35 -7
14 Mansfield 26 8 10 8 34 -3
15 Stevenage 26 10 3 13 33 -4
16 Yeovil 25 8 7 10 31 -3
17 Morecambe 25 9 4 12 31 -11
18 Crewe 26 6 10 10 28 -11
19 Hartlepool 26 6 9 11 27 -11
20 Leyton Orient 26 7 4 15 25 -11
21 Accrington 25 6 7 12 25 -11
22 Cheltenham 25 5 9 11 24 -10
23 Notts County 26 6 5 15 23 -20
24 Newport 25 4 6 15 18 -16
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Colchester United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 7 2017 7:45PM : Crawley Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Carlisle United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Portsmouth (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.SeasideEssexXile309
2.premier 1192
3.Layton_Seasider113
4.Bear1951105
5.SaskPool96
6.BobHatton47
7.Hastings36
8.53CODGER29
9.suffolknwot25
10.aussie115
Write for Vital Football