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Gilks ready to hit the ground running

16 June 2017

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks can’t wait to get settled into life at Glanford Park.

The 35-year-old signed a two-year deal to become our latest addition on Friday, joining on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic.

Fresh from signing, he spoke to iFollow Iron about what he can add to the squad.

ON JOINING THE CLUB…
MG: I’m delighted. The interest came and we got the deal done quickly. I’m delighted to be part of this football club. Despite all the games I’ve played, I still feel I have a lot to give and lot to offer. I have more than a good couple of years in me. I’m looking to come here and stake my claim to be the club’s number one. I want to further my career being a part of Scunthorpe.

PASSING ON EXPERIENCE…
MG: Hopefully, in the changing room, players will want to speak to me about the game, what we can improve on and what we can do as a team. I’m sure we can be successful. I’ve played at every level except for League One. The experience has come over the course of my career. I’ve learned from a lot of top players and the young lads here can pick my brain about what I’ve had to endure during my career, whether it’s highs or lows. Hopefully that can help them in their careers.

HELPING THE LIKES OF RORY WATSON AND ADAM KELSEY…
MG: I’ve always taken my time to speak to the young goalkeepers at clubs. It’s important for a senior pro to help them develop their game. They can speak to me about my past experiences from playing recently. I will help them any way I can.

WHAT THE MANAGER’S TOLD HIM TO DO…
MG: The gaffer wants me to work hard. I will like the hard working mentality here. I give 100 per cent every game, and I’m sure the manager will ensure all the other lads do that as well. Hopefully we can go one step better this year and get promotion. I’ve come here to play football. I want to keep playing while I can. If we can get promoted that’s the goal. If we do that, everybody wins and we will be in the Championship.

THE LEAGUE ONE CHALLENGE…
MG: It’s a tough league. People won’t like coming here, which we can use to our advantage. You have to take football every game, one at a time. I’m looking forward to putting a jersey on and getting out there. I’ve been doing a bit of training in the off-season but I’m looking to get in the building, hit the ground running and see where that takes us.