Gilks focused on fitness

The 28-year-old was Ian Holloway’s first choice for the opening 13

matches of the season but he fractured a kneecap against West Ham

on November 13 and has not featured since. Gilks’ deal expires this

summer but he knows he has to get himself fit and playing again

before the Seasiders or any other club will offer him a new

contract. And with his current employers still involved in a fight

for top-flight survival he has put any thoughts about his future on

hold. “I think in the next month there will be a lot of people

waiting to see where we are with the results,” he told the

Blackpool Gazette. “The most important thing for this football club

is staying in the league, not Matt Gilks’ contract. “So if we can

secure our status in the league, which is what everyone wants, then

we can sit down after that and see what is said. “But I need to be

playing to either earn a new contract, which hasn’t arrived yet or

been talked about, or get another club, wherever that might be. “So

it is in my best interests to simply get back playing. I’ve been

out far too long now. “I was probably in the form of my career,

playing as well as I ever have done. “I’m really hurting inside

because I’ve not been a part of what I work for every day in

training.” Gilks, who suffered a calf strain in his comeback game

for the second string a fortnight ago, is scheduled to play tonight

against Wolves.