Gilks hails Holloway
Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks has hailed his amazing turnaround after scooping five awards at the club's annual event.
Gilks, who joined the club from Norwich in 2008, received the Players' Player, BSA Player, Yorkshire Seasiders' Player, Gazette Player and Community Player of the Year accolades. On the back of an impressive campaign, the 29-year-old has now linked up with the Scotland squad for their international friendly against USA. "It was definitely unexpected. Four years ago when I joined the club I thought everything and everyone was against me but we've got a manager [Ian Holloway] that showed some faith in me," he told the club's official website. "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 (goalkeeper coach) 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."